Dental bonding, also known as tooth bonding or composite bonding, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a tooth-colored composite resin material to repair and enhance the appearance of teeth. The resin is applied to the tooth, sculpted into the desired shape, and then hardened with a special light. The result is a tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth, but with improved aesthetics.
Bonding is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure that can be done in one visit to the dentist. The first step is to clean and prepare the tooth by removing any decay or damaged tooth structure. Next, the dentist will apply a conditioning liquid to the tooth to help the resin adhere better.
The tooth-colored composite resin material is then applied to the tooth and sculpted into the desired shape. Once the shape is achieved, the resin is hardened with a special light. The dentist will then trim and polish the bonded area to give it a smooth and natural-looking finish.
Bonding is a versatile procedure that can be used to repair and enhance the appearance of teeth in a number of ways. It can be used to:
Bonding is also a cost-effective alternative to other cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers and crowns, making it a popular option among patients looking to improve their smile. The procedure is relatively simple and can be completed in just one visit to the dentist. Additionally, the resin material used in bonding can be matched to the color of the natural teeth, making it virtually undetectable.