Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic, composite or tooth bonding is one of the easiest, fastest and most affordable dental treatments available to repair cosmetic and structural imperfections in the teeth. It is also a great treatment option for teens who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile; it is minimally invasive (often requires NO preparation of the teeth), cost-effective and long lasting. Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misaligned, and is an alternative to veneers.
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding material. Once the material sets, a composite resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape. A curing light is then used to harden the material. Once set, the resin is shaped, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the composite resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth.