Bonding is a procedure that can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them
With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied or bonded to the tooth surface. This process can improve:
- Front tooth spaces
- Discolored teeth
- Chips or cracks due to accidents
Bonding is also used to protect exposed tooth roots that result from gum recession and to fill small cavities.
With proper care, bonding usually lasts from 3 to 5 years.
The bonding process involves:
- Preparing the tooth surface with an etching solution that allows the natural-looking bonding material (composite resin) to adhere to the tooth surface.
- Application of the resin, which is contoured to the proper shape and hardened using a special light or chemical process.
- Smoothing and polishing of the bonding to make it appear natural in color and shine.
The procedure may not require the use of anesthesia or drilling, and can usually be completed in one visit.