Cosmetic bonding is a dental technique for:
- Repairing and fixing chipped or cracked teeth
- Hiding discoloration on the tooth’s surface,
- Reducing unsightly gaps between the teeth.
Bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. It refers to any composite material, usually resin, which is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike the placement of crowns, cosmetic bonding requires removal of little, if any, of the original tooth structure. Cosmetic bonding has many advantages over crowns: It is a quick process, which typically takes less than one hour.
It is a popular choice because it does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is less expensive. Composites are typically not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be retouched or replaced every five to ten years.
Proper home oral care will help to insure the beauty and duration of your composite bonding. This means that, like the rest of your teeth, bonded teeth should be brushed and flossed daily. This is especially the case if your drink coffee, tea, or smoke tobacco, all of which stain composite resins.