Dental bonding is a procedure in which a sturdy, tooth-colored material is applied to the natural tooth and hardened with a special curing light. Bonding can help improve the appearance by correcting:
- gaps between the teeth
- chipped or cracked teeth
- misaligned teeth
- teeth with uneven edges
- stained or discolored teeth
Dental bonding can be a treatment alternative for the protection of tooth roots that have been exposed due to gum disease. It can also be an option for fillings, especially in high visibility area of the mouth.
What happens during the bonding procedure?
The surface of the tooth is prepared by cleaning it and roughening the surface. A conditioning liquid is applied that helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth. Next, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. A special curing light is used to harden the material. The last step is to trim, shape and smooth the tooth.
What is the difference between bonding and porcelain veneers?
Bonding can stain and break easier than veneers. However, it is also among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Another advantage is that bonding can easily be patched or repaired in a single visit if it has been cracked or damaged.
Will a bonded tooth match my other teeth?
Composite materials come in many different shades, and we match the existing shade of your teeth, giving you a natural appearance.