Bonding is a process whereby your existing teeth are restored using a composite resin material. If your teeth are chipped, cracked, discolored or misshapen, bonding may be an easy alternative to improving your smile. We can close small gaps between teeth, fill cavities caused by decay and protect tooth roots that are caused by gum recession.
How does it work?
If bonding is determined to be the best option for you, the affected tooth will be lightly etched on the surface and then the bonding liquid is added. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by your dentist. The resin is trimmed, smoothed out and polished to a natural appearance.
What are the advantages of bonding?
- Most often bonding can be completed quickly and comfortably in one dental visit.
- Bonding typically lasts three to five years before needing repair.
- The appearance of chipped, cracked and misshapen teeth can be substantially improved with bonding.
The composite resin in tooth-colored so your teeth look attractive and natural.
When is bonding not advised?
Your dental professional will evaluate whether bonding or another alternative is recommended for you. Issues such as the size of your repair, which teeth are involved (front or back) and excess chewing pressure could have an effect on the success of the bonding treatment. Because bonding material is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it may chip or need to be replaced periodically. Careful home and professional maintenance is necessary as well as avoiding acidic foods & berries, chewing ice, popcorn kernels, hard candy, smoking, coffee, tea, etc. which may cause staining and other damage.