Cosmetic Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve your smile.

For what conditions might dental bonding be considered?

Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:

  • to repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
  • to repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • to close spaces between teeth
  • to make teeth look longer
  • to change the shape of teeth
  • as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede

What are the advantages and disadvantages of bonding?

Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a laboratory, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed.

Although the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain-resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns or veneers. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not last as long and are not as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns or veneers.