Cosmetic bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Tooth bonding can also be used as a filling material instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonded fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments, like porcelain veneers or crowns, and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding is not as strong as other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your dentist. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.