What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure where your dentist bonds tooth-coloured composite resin to your tooth to match the surrounding natural teeth.
Dental bonding is most often used to repair discoloured or chipped teeth, but can also be used to close gaps between teeth, to make them appear longer, or change their shape or colour to make them look more symmetrical.
The Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding typically requires just one visit to your dentist's office and can usually be completed in 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
To prepare your teeth for bonding, your dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, and then apply a composite resin that matches the colour of your teeth.
The composite resin is then moulded into shape and hardened in place with a high-intensity curing light.
Why Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding may be appropriate if you have a minor cosmetic dental issue such as a cracked, discoloured, or gapped tooth.
This procedure can give your teeth a more natural appearance, especially if the tooth being filled is visible when you smile.
The composite also helps to strengthen your teeth so you can enjoy meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth, resulting in a broken or cracked tooth.