Dental bonding is a technique in which a tooth-colored resin is carefully sculpted and affixed to your teeth. Bonding is a way to achieve beautiful cosmetic results in a fast, comfortable and relatively inexpensive manner.
- Dental bonding is an excellent solution to dental problems including;
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Cracking and pitting on the tooth surface
- Stubborn tooth stains
The resin material used for bonding creates a surface that mimics the natural surface of the tooth — including the color, shape, and size of your natural tooth enamel — improving the appearance of teeth. See photo
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding usually takes place in a single office visit. Patients typically do not need to be numbed for this procedure.
First, your dentist will prepare your tooth surface with an etching substance to roughen the existing tooth enamel so that the resin material bonds permanently to the natural tooth.
Once the surface of the tooth is roughened, your dentist will adapt the resin material to the tooth surface and shape and sculpt the material.
Once the shape and color of the tooth is satisfactory, the resin will be hardened, using a light. This ensures that the material bonds completely with the natural tooth, giving you a seamless, long-lasting, natural looking tooth surface.
Finally, your dentist will make minor adjustments to the shape and contours of the tooth, and will polish the finished surface.
Bonding is more susceptible to staining and chipping than other restorative materials due to the nature of composite resin. However, bonding can be more affordable than some other options, which include lab produced porcelain veneers and crowns. Bonding typically lasts five to ten years, depending on numerous factors.