Dental Bonding is a restorative procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is bonded to a tooth and cured with an ultraviolet light. Bonding is faster and less expensive than veneers or crowns, and can be a good option to make small cosmetic improvements to your smile. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding can be done in one office visit since nothing has to be custom made by a dental laboratory. Additionally, the procedure typically requires removing less of the tooth enamel compared to veneers and crowns. Since bonding typically doesn’t last as long as other restorative treatments and is less resistant to stains, it is used more often for small cosmetic touch-ups rather than major restorations.
The bonding procedure typically requires between 30 to 60 minutes to complete for each tooth. First, the dentist determines exactly what color shade your teeth are to select a resin that will blend naturally. Once this is done, our dentist will prepare your tooth so the bonding material will adhere easier. Once this is complete, your dentist will apply the resin to the tooth, and cure it in place using an ultraviolet light. Finally, our dentist will apply the finishing touches by shaping and polishing the resin for a good fit.
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