Dental Bonding

Benefits of Dental Bonding

Bonding is considered a cosmetic procedure, but it is one of the most common. One reason it is used so often is that it is one of the easiest procedures and one of the least expensive. One advantage of bonding is that the resin is easily shaped and can be polished to match the teeth around it. It is typically used to help improve the looks of a chipped or discolored tooth. But in some instances, it is used to fill in the space between two teeth, to make them look longer, or to reshape or recolor them.

How is bonding done?

It’s important to discuss your personal goals with your dentist so he knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish. They will then carefully choose a composite resin that is matched to the natural color of your teeth. After they match the color of the teeth, they will carefully roughen the surface of your teeth and coat it with a liquid to condition it. This helps the material stick to the teeth better. Once the tooth is ready the dentist applies the resin which has the consistency of putty. The resin is shaped and smoothed and then allowed to harden. The dentist will use an ultraviolet light device or a laser to help it dry faster. Once it has hardened, the dental professional will trim it a bit and shape it before polishing it. He will make sure the final touches make it look like the rest of the teeth.