Dental Bonding

Dental bonding, in its earliest form, started back in the mid 1950s. Since then, various types of adhesive dentistry have become more and more popular.  The processes for such procedures continue to improve, as do the results. Dental bonding is a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to dramatically improve your smile. Read below to find out if this could be right for you. 

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bondingis a tooth-colored resin material which is most commonly used when a tooth is chipped, cracked, decayed, or discolored.  It can also be used to improve the overall appearance of teeth by improving their shape and minimizing spaces between teeth or to cover exposed gums when they recede.

Dental bonding is considered a long-lasting but not permanent solution. Most bonding procedures last from three to ten years before having to be repaired. This is a solution that many patients are pleased with since this procedure can be long lasting and a relatively inexpensive and quick way to fix various types of dental issues.

Dental Bonding Procedure

Dental bonding is fast, simple, and relatively pain-free. Your dentist will choose resin that is the best match for your teeth.  Your dentist will slightly roughen the surface of the indicated tooth to ensure a good bond. The final step before applying the resin is application of a conditioning agent—a liquid that further ensures that the resin will bond securely.

This procedure is part art and part science since it allows your dentist to apply the resin then mold and shape it to address your particular area of concern.   The final step to further shape and polish the bond is to harden it with a special ultraviolet or laser light. When the process is complete, your teeth will look natural and feel great.

This procedure generally takes thirty to sixty minutes per tooth. The surface of a bonded tooth requires no special care beyond your usual dental hygiene routine.

Conditions for Considering Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an option that can be considered for the following conditions:

     To improve the appearance of discolored teeth

     To repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)

     To repair chipped or cracked teeth

     To close spaces between teeth

     To make teeth look longer

     To change the shape of teeth

     As a cosmetic alternative

     To protect apportion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed


If you think dental bonding may be a solution for you, call Cowdin Cosmetic Dentistry to get your “Next Best Natural Smile!”