What Is Bonding?
Bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding, uses the same safe and durable base material that we use in dental fillings: composite resin. The pliable material, which consists of silica and biocompatible plastics, can be molded to serve your cosmetic needs, whether that involves augmenting the size or your tooth or covering unsightly portions of your enamel. Once hardened, bonding can last a few years to several years, depending on your diet, oral hygiene habits, and other factors.
Am I a candidate for bonding?
Most patients who desire to address minor cosmetic issues related to their teeth are great candidates for this treatment. Common dental issues that bonding can address include:
If you have large gaps between your teeth, you may be a better candidate for orthodontic treatments. Our office offers traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Serious cosmetic blemishes may be better concealed using veneers, which are thin shells that are cemented to the front of anterior teeth. During your cosmetic consultation, one of our doctors will explain your treatment options in-depth.
A broken or cracked tooth
Benefits of Bonding
Dental bonding is a very versatile treatment option. One of the main benefits of this treatment is that it is often highly affordable. If you are seeking beautiful teeth but are not ready to invest in veneers or orthodontic treatment, bonding can often help you meet your cosmetic goals.
Bonding is also easy to apply. While orthodontic treatments require years of waiting, bonding can address small gaps through one visit (and often well under one hour). Bonding is also one of the few treatments we offer that is completely reversible.
Bonding does not require the removal or alteration of enamel. One of our doctors will simply apply the material over your teeth before hardening it. Bonding can be removed without causing permanent damage to your tooth.
How is bonding applied?
Bonding can be applied during one convenient visit to our dental office. Once the treatment site has been thoroughly cleaned, a special acidic compound will be used to prepare the surface of your tooth to adhere to the bonding material. The bonding will be carefully colour-matched to blend in with your smile.
Once the material has been artfully applied to the surface of your tooth, a special light will be used to quickly harden the material. Adjustments can be made once the resin has hardened.
Maintaining Your Bonding
Maintaining your bonding is straightforward. Treat the material like you would any part of your natural tooth. Do not use your teeth to tear open packages or to bite solid objects. Good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to our office for cleanings and checkups can ensure that the natural tooth structure supporting your bonding remains strong and healthy.
While bonding is stain-resistant, the surrounding tooth structure isn’t. To ensure that you enjoy the full cosmetic benefits of bonding, be sure to brush your teeth regularly while reducing consumption of enamel-staining foods and drinks like coffee, red wine, and drinks that contain food coloring.