What is composite bonding?
Bonding is a form of smile sculpture accomplished with a special composite resin, which enables patients with imperfections in their teeth to have more attractive smiles for an affordable price. Bonding can be used to close spaces, change the color of the teeth, mask any discolorations, repair chips, alter the size or shape of teeth, and give poorly aligned or crooked teeth a straight appearance.
How is it done?
Bonding is a simple procedure, but it may require getting your other teeth to a pleasing color first, through whitening.
First, a solution is painted on the tooth enamel. A liquid resin is then applied onto the tooth surface. A putty-like resin is then sculpted on the tooth and hardened with a bright light to a durable finish. It is polished and smoothed to a life-like luster. The bonding process is usually reversible. Depending on the number of teeth involved, one visit of several hours is usually all that is needed.
How long does it last?
The life of bonding is 8 – 10 years depending on your lifestyle. If you drink, smoke or use your teeth as “tools”, you may not see the entire life expectancy of your bonding. At the end of the bonding’s term, a resurfacing (1/2 the cost) usually suffices. A complete re-bonding rarely is necessary.