What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the procedure whereby a durable tooth-colored plastic material (resin) is applied to the teeth and hardened (typically with an ultraviolet light), which ultimately affixes, or “bonds”, the material to the patient’s tooth to improve or restore their smile.
There are several reasons that dental bonding can be considered as a procedure:
- To repair teeth that have been decayed (composite resins can be used used for filling cavities)
- To repair teeth that are cracked or chipped
- To improve the appearance of teeth that have been discolored
- To reduce spaces or gaps between teeth
- To elongate teeth
- To change the shape of teeth
- As a cosmetically more appealing alternative to fillings made of amalgam
- To safeguard a portion of a tooth’s root that may have been exposed when gums recede