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Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Teeth bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is used to the tooth to restore or improve your smile.

Why Is Teeth Bonding Done?

Teeth bonding is an option that can be considered:

  • To repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities).
  • To repair chipped or cracked teeth.
  • To improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
  • To close spaces between teeth.
  • To make teeth look longer.
  • To change the shape of teeth.
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.
  • To protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.

Teeth Bonding Procedure

Preparation. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth, the tooth needs to be drilled to change its shape, or the chip is near the nerve. We use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.

The bonding process.

  • Roughen the surface of the tooth and apply a conditioning liquid.
  • The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape.
  • The material is hardened with a bright (usually blue) light.
  • After the material hardens, your dentist will further trim and shape it, then polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.

Time to completion. Teeth bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.

Due to limitations of strength and stability dental bonding as compare to other treatment methods, it is best suited for small cosmetic changes, for short-term correction of cosmetic problems, and for correcting teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (front teeth, for example).

Talk with your dentist about the best cosmetic approach for you.