Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes teeth and corrects minor irregularities. The process is quick and relatively painless. A dentist chooses a composite resin color that closely matches natural teeth and applies it to the surface of the tooth, sculpting and shaping it.


Since bonded teeth are still natural, they need to be treated with proper oral hygiene. Avoid biting nails, chewing on pencils or ice, and schedule regular dental appointments.

Repairs Chips and Cracks

Your teeth take a beating over the years, whether you chew ice, use them as tools to tear open packages, or grind your teeth in your sleep (bruxism). Eventually these minor physical abrasions and stresses can lead to cracks that let bacteria enter the tooth and attack its nerves and blood vessels.

Dental bonding fills in and covers these cracks to repair them, making your tooth look whole again. To do this, your dentist first cleans the tooth and prepares it by roughening its surface and applying a conditioning liquid to help the bonding resin adhere to it. Then the dentist applies the composite resin, which is colored to match your natural tooth color. Finally, the dentist molds and shapes the bonding material to correct any imperfections. Then the dentist hardens it with a laser or ultraviolet light.

As with other dental treatments, it is important to follow good oral hygiene habits and see your dentist regularly to ensure that the bonded resin stays strong and healthy. You should also avoid any activities that can cause chipping, such as biting your fingernails or pens and eating hard foods like berries or coffee. And don’t smoke, which can stain and discolor bonded teeth. These tips can prolong the lifespan of your dental bonding.

Repairs Minor Discoloration

If a chipped tooth makes you feel insecure or detracts from the beauty of your smile, dental bonding can help. This cosmetic treatment uses a composite resin to cover or fill in discolored teeth. The dentist colors the resin to blend in discreetly with your natural tooth. The resin is then hardened with ultraviolet light. The procedure usually takes half an hour to an hour, and touch-ups can be done in the same visit.

Bonding can also repair minor gaps, cracks and other irregularities in your teeth. However, it is not a good choice for severe discoloration or major breaks that require more extensive treatment. Your dentist can recommend alternatives like veneers for these cases.

Dental bonding can also deteriorate over time, which is not an issue with crowns or veneers. The composite resin is not as stain-resistant as your natural tooth enamel, and it is more prone to chips and cracks. You should avoid habits that put the bonded material at risk, such as chewing on ice, pens, pencils and other hard objects or clenching your teeth during sleep. You should also brush, floss and use mouthwash twice a day. If you want to maximize the lifespan of your bonding, make sure to attend regular dental appointments.

Repairs Minor Irregularities

Dental bonding is the ideal treatment for repairing small chips and cracks in your teeth, as well as for concealing minor imperfections in your smile. The composite resin material is pliable and can be molded to fit your tooth. It’s often possible to completely correct the appearance of a tooth in a single visit. The dentist begins the process by preparing the tooth or teeth, cleaning and roughening it, and then applying a thin layer of the bonding liquid. He then spreads the pliable resin on top of the impacted tooth, and sculpts it into the desired appearance, for instance filling in a chip or closing a small gap between teeth. He then applies a special LED light to cure and harden the composite.

Even small cosmetic problems like chips and gaps can cause embarrassment. Dental bonding is a quick and relatively painless treatment that can make you feel more confident about your smile. However, if you have more serious issues, other treatments like veneers may be more suitable.

Bonding isn’t as strong as other restorations, but with proper care and regular dental visits, it should last about as long as porcelain fillings. The best way to ensure that your bonding lasts is to avoid eating hard or chewy foods, and brush and floss regularly. You should also keep up with your routine checkups and hygiene appointments, so the dentist can closely inspect your bonded teeth and repair any areas that may be deteriorating or flaking.

Repairs Minor Lengthening

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic procedure that involves the use of composite resin material-the same kind used for tooth-colored fillings-to repair minor flaws and imperfections in teeth. It can be used to fill in small gaps and spaces between teeth, replace old silver dental fillings, reshape or correct misaligned or unevenly sized teeth, add color to dull or discolored teeth, repair chipped teeth, and even lengthen short teeth for a more balanced smile.

A relatively quick and painless procedure, tooth bonding can usually be completed in one visit without the need for anesthesia. The composite resin material can be shaped and colored to match the surrounding teeth, making it hard to notice that there is any kind of restoration in place.

Before applying the bonding resin, your dentist will prepare the surface of the affected tooth by roughening it and applying a conditioning liquid. This helps the resin stick and adhere to the surface of the tooth, allowing for a natural-looking result.

To maintain the life of your dental bonding, it is recommended that you brush and floss at least twice a day, and use mouthwash as needed. It is also important to avoid chewing on hard objects or food as this can damage or chip the resin. With proper care, dental bonding can last up to ten years before need of replacement or repair.