Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding is a restoration procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is bonded to a tooth and cured with ultraviolet light. Bonding is faster and cheaper than veneers or crowns, and can thus be a good option to make small cosmetic improvements to your teeth. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding can be done within one office visit since nothing has to be custom made by a dental laboratory. Additionally, the procedure typically requires removing less tooth enamel compared to veneers and crowns. However, since bonding typically doesn’t last as long as other forms of restoration and is less resistant to stains, it is used more often for small cosmetic touchups rather than major restorations.

How its done
The bonding procedure typically requires between 30 to 60 minutes to complete for each tooth. First the exact shade of your teeth will be determined and a resin selected that will blend it naturally. Once this is done, the tooth is prepared so that the bonding material will adhere easier. This involves roughening the surface of the affected tooth and applying a liquid conditioner. Once this is complete, the resin will be applied to the tooth, and it will be cured using an ultraviolet light. Finally, the finishing touches will be applied by shaping and polishing the resin for a good fit and appearance.