Bonding, also known as composite bonding, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can be used to shape and color a single tooth, or improve your entire smile. This is a simple and non invasive procedure where bonded material is added to your tooth or teeth. You can improve your smile in just one visit!. Since less time is involved and there is no laboratory fee, it is often a more affordable option than porcelain veneers.
What can bonding do?
- repair chipped or cracked teeth
- whiten discolored teeth
- fill spaces between teeth
- protect the root of a tooth
- serve as alternative to silver amalgam fillings
- lengthen small or misshapen teeth
- protect teeth form further damage
- restore their original look
The Bonding Procedure
The cosmetic dentist begins by selecting a shade of composite resin (bonding material) that is closest to the shade of your teeth. Then, the dentist abrades the teeth and applies a liquid that helps the bonding material adhere to the teeth. The composite resin is applied to the teeth, smoothed into the desired shape, and hardened with a high intensity light. After the resin has hardened, the cosmetic dentist will make the final touches and polish the tooth until it resembles the other teeth. If more than one tooth is being repaired it may take several visits.