Bonding is the application of a tooth colored filling material (composite resin) to repair chipped, fractured or decayed teeth. Bonding, when used on the front teeth, can be a non-invasive treatment modality to solve many simple esthetic issues. Worn teeth can be made longer, spaces between the teeth can be closed, fractured teeth can be repaired, slightly misaligned teeth can be made to look more pleasing, in addition to many other applications.
Often, bonding does not involve local anesthetic. The preparation is very conservative and only involves lightly abrading the tooth surface involved in order to get the bonding to adhere. The tooth colored filling material is then applied and “bonded” to the tooth. Once it has adhered to the tooth, it is shaped and polished to match the surrounding tooth structure. The procedure usually takes only one appointment.
The material does have a life span of about 5-10 years and it can discolor or chip overtime. Replacing the filling material is simple, especially since the tooth preparation is minimal. Please do not hesitate to ask us more about bonding and to see if you may be a candidate for this simple procedure to improve your smile.