Bonding refers to a cosmetic procedure where the dentist uses composite resin to repair your smile. Cosmetic bonding is the ideal solution if you are looking for an alternative to costly and invasive procedures like orthodontics or veneers. Bonding allows uneven or chipped teeth to be corrected quickly and cheaply, giving you your self-confidence back. Also, bonding is usually done and completed in a single visit and without the need for any anesthetic!
Just like many cosmetic procedures, bonding will fade over time, eventually requiring replacement. Bonding has been proven to be durable and capable of lasting for several years.
Reasons for cosmetic bonding:
- Closing spaces or gaps
- Fixing chipped teeth
- Fixing decayed teeth (teeth with cavities)
- Lengthening uneven teeth
- Protecting roots exposed by receding gums
- Restoring badly discolored teeth
What does dental bonding involve?
First, the dentist isolates the affected teeth and prepares them for bonding by etching. After the application of the etching conditioning liquid, there will be small crevices on the surface of the teeth, allowing the teeth to have a stronger adhesion to the bonding agent.
A bonding agent that cements composite in place will then be applied by the dentist. After the application of several layers of the tooth-colored composite, a specially calibrated light will be used to harden the composite and bonding resin. After the setting of the composite, the bonded areas are polished, buffed, and smoothed to blend naturally with the surrounding teeth.
Please contact our practice if you want a more confident smile and to learn more about bonding.