What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Bonding is a process by which we apply composite resin directly to your tooth.

Bonding acts to resurface the tooth to correct minor cosmetic problems.

Cosmetic Bonding has the following benefits:

  • Works great to repair cavities
  • It will repair small to moderate chips or cracks
  • Allows us to correct discoloration in teeth
  • Effective for minor changes in length
  • We can use it to close diastemas (gaps or spaces) between teeth
  • Can correct some problems with the shape of teeth
  • Used in lieu of Silver Mercury fillings
  • Used to protect exposed root surface from gum recession and abfractions

Types of Tooth Bonding

There are two types of dental bonding – transitional bonding and direct bonding. These can last up to 10 years, depending on the type and extent of teeth bonding. Direct dental bonding means placing tooth-colored composite restorations (fillings) on a single tooth or multiple teeth. This is done to restore function, size or shape – or even enhance the shade of your teeth.

Tooth Bonding Before & After

Plano Tooth Bonding - Before
Plano Tooth Bonding - After

Dr. Thompson designed this patients smile with bonding to close spaces, add length and improve function.

Transitional Bonding

Bonding is often uses in situations that are temporary in nature. Such as when a patient needs to do their dentistry in multiple phases. This happens when someone is doing a full mouth reconstruction, an adolescent waiting for a chipped tooth to mature before a veneer or crown, or to evaluate potential esthetic changes and bite function. Bonding can last for years and can be replaced by porcelain over time. Bonding is more affordable that porcelain.