If you are embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth, bonding may be the answer to the smile you miss or have always wanted.

One of the most common and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures, bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure.

Bonding is an ideal solution to a number of dental issues, including repairing decayed teeth using composite resins to fill cavities.  Bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, making teeth appear longer, changing their shape, and as a more attractive replacement to amalgam fillings.

The bonding process involves lightly etching the tooth surface for better adhesion and applying a bonding agent.  Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Once the liquid sets, your dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.  The resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. A high intensity curing light is applied, and when the resin is set, it is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.

The bonding procedure takes only about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, and can often be completed in a single office visit. Bonding does not require any special care. You can brush and floss your teeth as usual.

Bonding typically lasts three to five years before needing repair.