Dental bonding abroad is one of the minor treatments that people seek in combination with other procedures. It is also known as tooth bonding or adhesion.

In your best interest, dental bonding is a cost-effective solution to correct minor teeth flaws. Read more to know how!

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Why Choose Dental Bonding Abroad?

The procedure is quick, affordable, relatively painless, and conserves tooth structure. [1]

Dental bonding abroad costs considerably less than in the UK, the US, and Australia, with possible savings of around 50-70%.

The reason for such a low cost is: [2]

  • Lower cost to build a practice.
  • The government subsidizes many dentists’ education, they don’t have student loans as in the US.

What is Teeth Bonding?

Dental bonding is one of the least invasive dental procedures.

It involves the re-surfacing of the teeth using a tooth-colored, durable resin material.

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-colored composite resin material (plastic-like) is applied to your teeth. [3]

It improves your smile in a single visit. The purpose of bonding is to: [4]

  • Improve the overall look
  • Repair fractured teeth
  • Cover sensitive root surfaces (due to gum recessions)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding

  • Quick, affordable, and relatively painless
  • Conserves tooth structure and reduces tooth sensitivity
  • Minimally invasive and high-quality esthetic restoration

Source: J Int Soc Prevent Communit Dent [5]

  • Bonded teeth may chip off with direct pressure
  • Bonding is not as strong as crowns and bridges
  • Bonded teeth may stain over time with colored food like red wine, tea, or coffee

Why Do You Need Dental Bonding?

As per scientific reports, tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease globally.

And millions of people with decayed teeth seek the service of dentists yearly. [6]

As they want to have their cavities filled with tooth-colored plastic fillings.

Although different types of materials have been used for filling decayed teeth.

But, plastic fillings have become popular over the last half-century.

Because they stick and blend well to teeth without showing unnatural colors during a smile.

Teeth bonding can be used to:

  • Repair decayed teeth
  • Elongate short teeth
  • Change the shape of teeth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Restore chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve the appearance and esthetics of discolored teeth

Dental Veneers: Before and After Treatment

Dental Veneers: Before and After Treatment

Thus, bonding is a popular method to enhance your smile.

Dental Bonding – Procedure

The bonding usually takes 30 min to an hour per tooth but it may require more visits if multiple teeth are to be restored.

Check what you can expect during the procedure: [7]

1st Step: For a good bonding surface, the dental professional cleans the tooth.

Shade Selection

Shade Selection

2nd Step: A shade guide is used to match the exact shade of the patient’s natural teeth.

3rd Step: Teeth are conditioned with special agents and the bonding resin is applied.

4th Step: The composite bonding material is shaped to fill in the defect.

5th Step: The binding material is hardened with special UV light.

6th Step: Finally, the dentist trims, and polishes the restoration for a natural shine.

Light Curing Unit

Light Curing Unit

Special Care Post Teeth Bonding

Like every other dental procedure, you have to be careful after the dental bonding of restorative materials as well.

For instance, patients are advised to avoid:

  • Habits like biting nails or chewing on pens.
  • Biting on extremely hard food directly from bonded teeth.
  • Highly colored food like turmeric, red wine, and excessive intake of coffee.

Direct Vs Indirect Dental Bonding

There are different types of dental restorations that require direct bonding materials for ease.

On the other hand, indirect resin bonding of crowns and veneers has shown more promising outcomes. [8]

Direct Dental Bonding Indirect Dental Bonding
Entirely a chairside procedure Fabricated in laboratory
Single sitting procedure Two sitting a few days apart
Cheaper Expensive
Less cutting of teeth More invasive
Less durable Stronger
Less stain resistant More stain resistant
For e.g., composite and amalgam fillings For e.g., crowns, bridges, veneers

Quality and Safety of Dental Work Abroad

Do a little research on the dental organization you would want to seek diagnosis and treatment.

In order to find a reputable dental clinic abroad, you must practice tips as follows:

  • Look for the accreditations/affiliations of the dental clinic.
  • Check reviews/ratings and the technology a dental clinic uses.
  • Find time to read about dentist’s qualifications/work experience
  • Do not miss out on checking the sterilization protocols of the clinics.

Top Dental Destinations Abroad

Visitors who wish to combine dental work with a fulfilling vacation journey abroad to cities in Mexico, Thailand, India, Vietnam, and more.


  • It has everything from heritage sites, Isla Mujeres Lighthouse, and tranquil old-world villages.
  • Additionally, you can explore modern cities and breathtaking coastlines.

In general, dental work in Mexico is 70 to 90% cheaper than in the US and Canada.

For the best treatment in the country, check out the 'Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in Mexico' page.

Top Clinics in Mexico
Clinic name Ratings Clinic Highlights
Sani Dental Clinic, Los Algodones 4.5 (459 Reviews)
  • 30+ years of establishment
  • ADA accredited
Dental Solutions,  Los Algodones 4.6 (133 Reviews)
  • Highly trained staff
  • ADA associated
Dental Brush, Tijuana 4.0 (46 Reviews)
  • CEREC, laser technology
  • Follows OSHA, CDC, EPA
Smile Builders, Tijuana 4.8 (50 Reviews)
  • Digital planning for implants
  • Digital smile design
Desert Dental, Nogales 4.3 (24 Reviews)
  • Accredited with ADM, CMCOM
  • Latest technology
Laredo Smile Center, Nuevo Laredo 5,0 (19 Reviews)
  • Established in 1997
  • Autoclave sterilization
Dentaris, Cancún 4.6 (14 Reviews)
  • Accredited with ADA, AAID, AACD, ICOI, IAOMS
  • Certified nutritionist
Cancun Dental Specialists, Cancun 4.8 (369 Reviews)
  • Associated with ADA​​
  • Tier Sterilization Protocol
Neo Dental, Cancun 5.0 (85 Reviews)
  • Established over 15 years
  • In-house lab
Ideal Dental Center, Mexico City 4.8 (215 Reviews)
  • More than 30 years of experience
  • CAD-CAM, 3D cone beam imaging, Biolase Waterlaser

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  • Due to close proximity, many patients from Australia and New Zealand fly to Thailand.
  • Moreover, you get a chance to visit the cosmopolitan center and the capital – Bangkok.

With dental tourism in Thailand, you can save 60% compared to Australia.

To discover the top dental destinations in the country, check out our blog post 'Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in Thailand.'

Top Clinics in Thailand
Clinic name Ratings Clinic Highlights
Bangkok Smile Dental Clinic 4 (100 Reviews)
  • Established in 2003
  • Own ISO-9001 dental lab
Sukhumvit 5, Bangkok 4.3 (68 Reviews)
  • Part of the international network of Malo Clinics.
  • Premier dental center
BFC Dental Clinic Bangna, Bangkok 4.0 (33 Reviews)
  • High-quality services since 1994
  • T-Scan occlusal analysis system for diagnosis
Sea Smile Dental, Phuket 4.4 (132 Reviews)
  • JCI*-accredited
  • German CEREC technology
ChiangMai International Dental Clinic (CIDC), Chiang Mai 4.8 (34 Reviews)
  • JCI-compliant sterilization standards
  • ISO quality management controls
*JCI - Joint Commission International

Costa Rica

  • Many eco-tourists adore Costa Rica for its rich biodiversity.
  • Encircled by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, its charm lies in lush rainforests, beaches, and wildlife.

According to the US Department of State, Americans are allowed a visa-less stay not exceeding 90 days. [9]

You can save up to 70% compared to US costs by opting for dental work in Costa Rica.

For additional details on costs and treatments, explore our blog, 'Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in Costa Rica.'

Top Clinics in Costa Rica
Clinic name Ratings Clinic Highlights
Americas Dental Care, San Jose 4.6 (9 Reviews)
  • Treating patients since 2006
  • Associated with ADA​​
ConfiDental, San Jose 4.9 (151 Reviews)
  • Founded 35 years ago
  • Comprehensive dental care
New Smile Dental Group, San José 4.1 (20 Reviews)
  • CAD/CAM technology
  • CBCT for diagnosis
Goodness Dental, Escazú, San Jose 4.9 (289 Reviews)
  • American, German & Scandinavian technology
  • Over 20 specialists
Flikier Dental Institute, San José 5.0 (9 Reviews)
  • Equipped with CEREC: Primescan, MC Xl
  • Comprehensive dental services
LS Dental Clinic, Playas del Coco 4.8 (16 Reviews)
  • Established in 2002
  • State-of-the-art equipment


  • Tourists admire Vietnam for its steamy jungles and hot beaches.
  • Moreover, the country’s climate is quite diverse, sometimes it snows in the northern highlands.

Dental work in Vietnam costs about 70% less than in the US and Australia. To know more, visit 'Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in Vietnam'

Top Clinics in Vietnam
Clinic name Ratings Clinic Highlights
Australian Dental Clinic, Hanoi 4.8 (218 Reviews)
  • Established in 2006
  • Certifications: ISO 9001:2008, ICOI
East Rose Dental – Ho Chi Minh City 4.6 (7 Reviews)
  • Cutting-edge technology
  • Kavo Surgery Machine for painless treatment


  • Colombia is an unmissable and bio-diverse country located in the north of South America.
  • It has a coastline on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

It is possible to save over 70% on dental work in Colombia.

Explore further in our list of the top 10 dental clinics and dentists in Colombia!

Top Clinics in Colombia
Clinic name Ratings Clinic Highlights
Oralimagen, Medellin 5.0 (44 Reviews)
  • Over 15 staff members
  • Offers quality services
Centro de Implantes de la Costa, Cartagena 5.0 (44 Reviews)
  • Latest German CEREC technology
  • 1999 CO certification
Dentica by Cristina Suaza, Bogota 4.9 (151 Reviews)
  • Has been operating for over 10 years
  • Needleless anesthesia
Carlos Acevedo Odontología – Barranquilla 5.0 (75 Reviews)
  • 3D Cerec, smile design, implants
  • General and specialist dental care
Estetica Dental Avanzada – Cali 4.9 (15 Reviews)
  • Dental Aesthetics and Implant Center
  • Accreditations: Zimmer Biomet Dental Education Program, ADA
Dentist Cartagena, Cartagena 5 (11 Reviews)
  • Customized treatments for patient satisfaction
  • Implants, smile design, veneers & more


  • Cambodia is a hidden gem in Southeast Asia rich in cultural heritage.
  • Especially spectacular temples, beautiful islands, and beaches, Cambodia is a place you should not miss.

Opting for dental work in Cambodia allows you to combine these tourist wonders with cost-effective treatments, about 80% less than in the US and Canada.

Visit our blog, 'Top Dental Clinics and Dentists in Cambodia,' for valuable insights into affordable dental services.

Top Clinics in Cambodia
Clinic name Ratings Clinic Highlights
Pagna Dental Clinic, Phnom Penh 4.8 (106 Reviews)
  • Modern clinic with experienced professionals
  • Premium quality materials

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  • The country is a mosaic of multicultural experiences, and mouth-watering cuisines.
  • Additionally, India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. [10]

Dental work in India is 60-70% more affordable than in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Explore our blog, 'Top 10 Dental Clinics and Dentists in India,' for precise cost details in different Indian cities.

Top Clinics in India
Clinic name Ratings Clinic Highlights
Teeth Care Centre, Ahmedabad 5.0 (3.541 Reviews)
  • Holds certifications from FDI, ADA, and more
  • International quality of dental care
32 PEARLS® Multispeciality Dental Clinic, Ahmedabad 4.9 (1318 Reviews)
  • National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers
  • Quality is first and foremost
Global Dental Clinic, Ahmedabad 4.9 (266 Reviews)
  • Established in 2011
  • 3shape™ Intraoral digital 3D scanner
Dent Ally, New Delhi 4.8 (177 Reviews)
  • CAD/CAM, the latest sterilization equipment
  • India’s Most Trusted Healthcare Award, 2018
Trisa Dental Clinic, Mumbai 4.8 (489 Reviews)
  • World-class service
  • Internationally trained dentists
Opus Dental Specialities 4.8 (51 Reviews)
  • ISO Certified
  • More than 3 decades of experience

Based on your home country, you can choose a proximate dental destination. Accordingly, you can get consultations from clinics in IndonesiaPuerto RicoHungary, or the Philippines.


Tooth bonding is a simple technique to mend chipped or discolored teeth. In addition, it restores your pearly whites in a few minutes.

Moreover, with bonding most cases do not need anesthesia, thus cutting the corners on your bills.

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