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Are your teeth chipped or stained? Are there spaces between your teeth? Are some of your tooth roots exposed? If so, then bonding may be the solution.

What Is A Bonding?

A dental bonding is a composite resin material (a type of plastic) that is fused to the enamel of your teeth. A bonding is mostly used for cosmetic purposes, improving the shape and coloring of your teeth. Bonding isn’t as expensive as other cosmetic restorations (like veneers and crowns) and it requires less enamel removal.

How Is A Bonding Applied?

If you feel dental bonding is for you, speak with your dentist about it. They will bond the composite resin to your teeth by:

  • Matching the composite resin to your tooth color.
  • Making the tooth surface rough and covering it with a conditioning liquid to aid the bonding process.
  • Applying the composite resin (which will be a putty-like material) to the tooth and shaping it.
  • Hardening the composite resin with a curing light.
  • Trimming and polishing the bonding.

What Else Do You Need To Know About A Bonding?

A dental bonding is strong, but it won’t be as strong as a dental crown or as good at resisting stains. Care for your dental bonding like you would the rest of your teeth, with brushing and flossing. Also avoid chewing on fingernails, ice, and pens to prevent chipping. A bonding is best for small cosmetic changes and can last 3-10 years.