Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the surface of a tooth and hardened with a special light. The hardened material is then sculpted into the desired shape and polished to match the surrounding teeth. This versatile material is applied to the affected tooth in layers and then shaped and polished to resemble your natural tooth, usually during a single appointment. It is a great inexpensive solution to restore beauty and function to your smile.
The resin used in bonding is a type of plastic that is similar in color and consistency to natural teeth, so it can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth and blend in seamlessly. The procedure is often used to repair chipped or broken teeth, to close gaps between teeth, and to change the shape or color of teeth.
Dental bonding is typically a relatively quick and simple procedure that can be completed in a single visit to the dentist. The tooth is prepared by roughening its surface, to give the bonding material something to adhere to, and then an adhesive is applied to the tooth. The bonding material is then applied, shaped, and hardened using a special light. Once the material has hardened, the dentist will further shape and polish it to match the surrounding teeth.
One of the major advantages of dental bonding is that it is less invasive and less expensive than many other types of cosmetic dental procedures. It is a good option for minor cosmetic repairs and usually can be done without the need for anesthesia, although in some case it might be recommended to use.
It is important to be aware of some of the limitation of the procedure, such as that is not as durable as some other options, and the material may chip, stain or discolor over time. In addition, if you are a heavy teeth grinder or biter, or if you drink or smoke heavily, bonding may not be the best option for you as it may not hold up as well.