Bonding is an exciting dental restorative
technique and one of the most cost effective in
all of dentistry. A tooth colored composite
resin is applied to your teeth to restore or
improve your natural teeth.
often be used to accomplish the following:
Close spaces between teeth
Repair chipped teeth
Change the shape of a tooth
Whiten permanently stained teeth
Protect teeth roots exposed due to gum recession
The Bonding process is simple, and often does
not require an anaesthetic. The tooth is etched,
or roughened slightly, so that the composite
will adhere to the tooth. Your dentist will then
select a shade of composite to match your
existing teeth. It will be applied to the tooth
and then shaped. And finally, the composite is
hardened with ultraviolet light. The entire
procedure generally takes between 30 and 60
minutes per tooth.
Bonding disturbs your natural tooth less than
many alternative restorative procedures. The
tooth must be slightly roughened, but there are
no large amounts of tooth surface removed.
can sometimes accomplish a similiar result to
other restorative procedures at a small fraction
of the cost.
Dental Bonding can generally be accomplished in
just one visit, unlike other procedures that may
Bonding can be easily "touched up" by your
dentist as the restoration ages.
Care for your bonding is the same as for your
natural teeth; bruising, flossing, and regular
Modern bonding materials have become more
durable. Generally bondings last from 4 to 10
years with "touch ups" being necessary.