What Is Composite Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-coloured composite resin material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained or have spaces between them.
Bonding your front teeth actually requires minimal preparation of the tooth. The tooth is roughened with a conditioning gel to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The composite resin is then applied and cured with an ultraviolet light. The dentist will then shape and polish the resin to its final appearance.
- Cost: Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures.
- Time: Unlike crowns and veneers, which require more time to prepare and a second visit to place them, bonding can be completed in a single visit.
- Invasiveness:Bonding requires minimal tooth removal. Frequently patients get multiple teeth bonded in one short appointment.
- Staining: Although you can achieve excellent results with bonding, the resin does stain over time. Crowns and veneers will be much more stain resistant.
- Durability: Crowns and veneers are more resistant to breaking and usually last much longer than bonding.