What is it?
Bonding is a moldable resin or plastic that comes in a large range of natural tooth colours.
If teeth have a chip, crack, discoloration or decay, bonding can be a great solution. It is an easy treatment that can be quickly completed in one visit, for emergencies or any repair, without the hassle of having to take impressions of your mouth or much additional preparation.
The resin is applied directly onto the tooth to improve the shape, colour or to repair or protect it. It uses a composite material that perfectly matches the shade of your natural teeth.
Bonding will help to protect the tooth from more damage and can will conform and blend smoothly with your tooth, and feel exactly like your natural tooth. Your teeth will be strong and white.
When is bonding needed / Risks of not having it done?
Bonding is an ideal procedure for someone who has a chipped or fractured tooth, as well as for those who would like to correct an existing gap between teeth.
This procedure can also be used to protect some of the tooth’s exposed root, caused by gum recession. Bonding is frequently used for cosmetic repair of cracked teeth, or chipped or discoloration teeth. However, it can also fill gaps between teeth or used to reshape a tooth. It can also be an alternative to amalgam fillings or to cover an exposed root as a result of gum recession. It is an extremely quick, easy and inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure.
How is it done?
- First, the dentist will carefully identify the shade of composite material that most suitably matches the natural color of your teeth.
- Next, they will lightly etch the surface of the tooth to ensure that the composite material being bonded has maximal adhesion to the tooth.
- The bonding resin is placed on the tooth and molded and shaped to fit exactly to the existing tooth.
- Lastly, the bonded material is hardened by using an ultraviolet light or laser to solidify it and make it strong. It can then be trimmed and polished and even shaped further to perfect its appearance. This entire process requires minimal time and usually is complete in a half an hour or so.
Freezing or anesthesia is often not required, unless the bonding is used for filling a cavity or decay in a tooth.
Combining different treatments
Each patient has different ideas of how they want their teeth to look. Some may want straighter teeth and others may want the look of veneers. In some situations, bonding and veneers work best as a combined treatment.