Bonding is a procedure to improve the look of your teeth. Here a tooth-colored resin is applied to your tooth and it is hardened using a special light to bond the resin to the tooth.

Bonding is an option to be considered to repair decayed teeth or chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, make teeth look longer, change its shape or as a cosmetic alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Bonding is also useful to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth when gums recede.

Usually this procedure requires only one dental visit. The dentist can usually do this procedure in a single office visit. anesthesia is generally not required unless it is done to fill a decayed tooth. Your tooth surface is roughened and a conditioning liquid applied to help the resin adhere to the tooth. The resin color matching your tooth color is then applied to the tooth, moulded, and smoothed to the desired shape. It is the hardened with use of an ultraviolet light or laser. Once it is hardened, it is then further trimmed, shaped and polished to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.

Dental bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Typically, bonding material lasts from three to about 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced.