Bonding is a technique-sensitive restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discoloured or misarranged. A dental composite material that mimics tooth structure is applied to the surface of a tooth, where it is then sculpted into shape, contoured and polished, making it invisible.
Bonding often serves as an inexpensive and effective restoration for small chips and cracks in the teeth and for closing small gaps. Adjustments to the shape and colour of a tooth can also be obtained.
Bonding by Dr Deon de Villiers
How Does It Work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and then applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin that has been shaded to blend with your tooth's colour, is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. After hardening the resin with a curing light, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.
Considerations: The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit and can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip, or break than natural teeth. If damage does take place, it is relatively easy to repair in one visit. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before repair is needed.