Having chipped or discolored teeth can be embarrassing and cause one to have low self-esteem. Since your smile is one of the first thing people see when they meet you (smiling is the best way to make a great first impression), improving cosmetic problems like this one is a must. Most dentists recommend bonding treatments for their patients, since this procedure is designed to help fix a wide range of dental dilemmas. Whether your teeth are stained, broken or chipped, bonding can make them look like new again. The materials used are durable and can be custom-made to suit the shape and color of a patient’s specific dental outline.

What is Dental Bonding?

Oftentimes the material is comprised of a tooth-colored resin, a type of plastic that that is essentially cemented to the surface of the enamel and hardened via a special type of light. Once the bonding session has been completed and the resin has had adequate time to cure, the patient’s ability to eat and speak will remain intact. For those who suffer from severely chipped teeth, bonding can even help restore the functioning of these simple tasks to normal.

How Does it Work?

Bonding is not considered an invasive procedure, but patients with severely decayed teeth may have anesthesia administered to minimize feelings of discomfort. After your dentist has selected the proper resin color, they will rough up the surface of your teeth to prep them for bonding. The material is the applied and molded into shape. After is has been placed, the final step is to activate the cementing properties by way of ultraviolet light. This process takes approximately thirty minutes to an hour for each tooth that is bonded.

Who Should Get the Procedure?

While speaking with your dentist is the best way to determine whether dental bonding is the right procedure for your needs, it is helpful to know what types of problems it can help alleviate. It is recommended for:

  • Decayed Teeth
  • Composite resins can be used to fill cavities instead of silver amalgam, which can be a particular eyesore when multiple fillings are needed. When tooth decay is bad enough, it can start to erode the front enamel surface. In addition to being unsightly, this can lead to exposure of the underlying nerves. As such, bonding can also help people who suffer from sensitive teeth. Since the resin basically serves as a permanent overlay, the effects of contact with hot and cold food are considerably reduced.

  • Chipped or Cracked Teeth
  • Regardless of how bad of shape your teeth may be in, bonding can instantly make them look like new again. While it is not guaranteed to last forever (future re-bonding may be necessary), you will be able to go years with a fully functional smile.

  • Improve Discoloration and Shape
  • Staining can be caused by multiple factors, including smoking and poor heredity. By inserting the natural, tooth-colored resin, years of discoloration can be cured. Misshaped or misaligned teeth (gaps) can also be fixed with bonding treatments.