What is Tooth Bonding

Bonding is applying a tooth colored resin directly to your tooth which blends in with your natural teeth without being too obvious to the normal eye. The process is relatively simple and painless and does not require anesthetic unlike most other dental procedures.

Tooth bonding is an aesthetic procedure which is done when fixing broken, chipped or cracked teeth. It is also done when your teeth decay and have to be filed off to protect the rest of the tooth. The process starts with your dentist picking out the appropriate color for your resin which will make your teeth. After that, the procedure, the tooth is drilled to give the resin a place to hold onto and a liquid is applied which helps in the fixing process. After that, the material, which is tooth colored and has a putty-like resin structure, is applied by the dentist. The dentist then molds and smooths the resin into proper shape after which it is hardened by an ultraviolet light. After the bonding hardens, the dentist further smooths and polishes it until it matches the stop of the surface of the rest of the teeth. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the process, depending on how many teeth need to be done.

Although the procedure is simple and natural, the tooth bond is not as strong as the original tooth and is at risk of breaking of. It usually lasts for a few years before it breaks off or needs to be redone if you take care of it. In case of external damage due to impact with things such as pens or bottle they may need replacement sooner.