iStock_000075955631_LargeDental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth- colored resin is bonded to the surface of tooth, thus approving its overall appearance. Bonding can be used to repair decayed, chipped or discolored teeth, and restoring a person’s smile to its natural beauty. Dental bonding is one form of cosmetic dentistry used to help individuals feel confident and secure about the appearance of their smile.

Which dental conditions can bonding help improve?

Dental bonding can successfully:

  • Repair decayed, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Lengthen the appearance of teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Improve the shape of teeth
  • Protect areas of exposed teeth resulting from gum recession

A consultation with your dentist will help you to understand if dental bonding is the proper choice for your individual dental concerns and needs.

What is the procedure used for dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a quick procedure, completed in approximately 30- to 60 minutes. A dentist will assist you in choosing the correct color of resin to be used with the help of a shade guide. The surface of the tooth is prepared for adhesion by being roughened and prepped with a conditioning liquid. The resin, which is a putty-like material, is molded into the proper shape and size around your tooth. With use of an ultraviolet special light, the resin is hardened and bonded to your tooth. After the special light treatment, the tooth is trimmed, shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Dental bonding does not require anesthesia unless a filling is used in the process.

Why choose dental bonding?

Dental bonding is one of the easiest cosmetic procedures available to improve the appearance of your smile. Dental bonding should be considered for the following reasons:

  • It is a quick and convenient procedure that can be completed in one appointment
  • It is the least expensive of all the cosmetic dental procedures
  • It can be used as a cosmetic alternative to fillings
  • It does not require anesthesia
  • It requires the removal of a smaller amount of tooth than is necessary for veneers or crowns

How should bonded teeth be cared for?

Bonded teeth do not require special care and can be maintained with good oral hygiene practices at home, as well as professional cleanings and check-ups with your dentist. The materials used to bond your teeth can last anywhere between 3 and 10 years. To avoid damage, it is advised that you refrain from activities that can chip bonding materials such as biting your fingernails, eating hard food objects and chewing on pens. In addition, substances that can stain the resin such as tea, coffee and cigarette smoke should also be avoided.