How Can Bonding Repair Your Teeth?
Dental bonding is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure where your dentist bonds a tooth-coloured composite resin to your tooth to match the surrounding natural teeth which will then be formed into shape, hardened and polished.
Dental bonding is most often used to repair discoloured or chipped teeth, but it is also often used to close gaps between teeth, to make teeth appear longer, or to change their shape or colour, making them look more symmetrical.
Unlike veneers that have to be custom-made, bonding can be done in one office visit. This makes it a great solution for a chipped front tooth!
The Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding generally requires one visit to your dentist's office and will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete the process.
While preparing your teeth for dental 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.
Once the final layer of composite resin has hardened, your dentist should begin to shape and polish it to form the front of your tooth. The finished result should be a smooth and natural-looking tooth surface.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
If you have a minor cosmetic dental issue, such as a cracked, discoloured, or gapped tooth, dental bonding may help to address this concern.
This procedure can help give your teeth a more natural appearance, which can help prevent issues and boost your confidence, 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 and breaking or cracking it again.