Dental bonding is a simple and painless procedure used to correct a number of common problems.
First, we determine the objective. This includes:
- Restoration of chipped, broken or decayed teeth
- Reshaping a malformed tooth
- Whitening discolored teeth
- Filling in gaps between the teeth
- Attaching bridges and orthodontic appliances and fillings onto the teeth
Next, the dentist lightly etches the tooth surface and then applies a soft bonding resin. Once the bonding resin sets, a composite resin is layered on top and the dentist begins to sculpt and shape the composite into the desired form. A high-intensity light helps harden the new shape into a permanent form. The process is completed as the dentist trims, smooths, and polishes the tooth’s surface into a natural-looking appearance that perfectly complements your smile.
Dental bonding can usually be completed in a single office visit and can quickly address a number of aesthetic and function issues. However, the composite material is not as durable as natural tooth enamel and is more prone to stains, chips and breaking than natural teeth. Proper oral care and checkups will help maintain its durability, which typically lasts up to five years before updating or repairing.