In dental bonding, a tooth-colored composite resin is applied to repair a chipped, decayed, fractured, or discolored tooth. The material bonds to the tooth, which is why the procedure is called bonding. Unlike veneers, which are fabricated in a dental laboratory, bonding can be performed in a single visit.
Bonding is among the easiest, least expensive, and quickest cosmetic dental procedures. Composite resin can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth for beautiful, natural-looking results. See Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. in Pasadena to find out how bonding can improve your smile.
Dental Bonding Uses
Bonding can be used to correct a range of cosmetic and oral health issues. Its uses include:
- Repairing decayed teeth (filling cavities)
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Closing spaces between the teeth
- Improving the appearance of discolored teeth
- Making the teeth appear longer
- Changing the shape of the teeth
- Protecting the portion of a tooth’s roots exposed by receding gums
Dental Bonding Pros and Cons
Bonding has many cosmetic uses, and it can also be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings and to protect the exposed roots of a tooth. It is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unless multiple teeth are being treated, it can usually be performed in one short office visit. It requires little or no tooth enamel removal, and most bonding procedures can be performed without anesthesia.
The down side is that the materials used in bonding are not as strong as your natural teeth and can be chipped by activities such as biting the fingernails. Bonding is not as strong as crowns, veneers, or fillings, and not as stain resistant as crowns. After a few years, it will probably need to be repaired.