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Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high-intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. Bonding can be done in a single visit to your dentist.
Bonding is the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedure. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Sometimes bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed because of gum recession.
Tea, coffee, cigarette smoke and other substances can stain the resin used in bonding. To prevent or minimize stains, avoid eating or drinking these types of foods and drinks during the first 48 hours after any composite procedure. In addition, brush your teeth often and have them cleaned every six months by a dental hygienist.
- The first step is to schedule a consultation with our dentist so you can discuss your treatment goals
- Our dentist will use a shade guide to select the composite resin color that matches the color, of the tooth or teeth, most closely
- Once the dentist has chosen the color, he or she will slightly match the surface of the tooth to roughen it
- The tooth will then be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material adhere
- When the tooth is prepared, our dentist will apply the tooth-colored, putty-like resin
- The resin is molded and smoothed until it's the proper shape
- Then the material is hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser
- After the bonding material hardens, the dentist will further trim, shape it, and polish the material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface