What Is Bonding?

shutterstock_311691548Tooth bonding is typically recommended for restoring a tooth that has small imperfections – whether it be decay, chips, shape, discoloration, etc. While there are other restoration options for these instances – like dental crowns, veneers, or even fillings – dental bonding is a cost-effective and minimally invasive approach to repairing minor damages. Using composite-resin, a tooth-colored material (also used for fillings), your dentist can create a seamless smile. However, dental bonding may not be for everyone – if you’re interested in restoring your smile, it’s always best to consult with your dentist. Every restoration option has their advantages and disadvantages, it all depends on your individual situation.

Is Bonding Right For You?

Tooth bonding is best for teeth that aren’t primarily used for chewing, as it’s not the strongest restoration option. For these teeth, your dentist will likely recommend a crown. Bonding is typically used to fill small gaps between teeth, change the shape of a tooth, protect the tooth’s roots from exposure when the gum line is receding, repair small cracks, and cover discoloration.

How Long Is The Procedure?

Tooth bonding is one of the least-invasive dental procedures, it’s typically quick and simple. However, how long it takes will depend on how many teeth your dentist is working on and the condition of your teeth. It doesn’t typically take more than one appointment with your dentist – each tooth takes anywhere from half an hour to an hour.

If it sounds like bonding is for you, contact your dentist – they can help you to make the best decision for your situation.