Bonding, which is often a cosmetic procedure, is a simple means of treating teeth that are chipped, discolored or even slightly crooked. It entails placing on the affected tooth a small white filling, which then adheres, or bonds, to the tooth’s surface to improve its overall appearance.
Because of their ease of use, bonds are ideal for quick aesthetic repairs. They come in a variety of shades to ensure a very close match with the natural hue of your teeth.
For patients with cavities, bonds can also be used in place of standard silver amalgam fillings; indeed, many patients prefer bonded fillings because they’re much less visible than amalgam.
Depending on location and the degree of decay, bonded fillings can be placed on front and back teeth alike.
All dental treatments have pros and cons, and bonding is no different: It’s less expensive than more intricate cosmetic procedures and easier, too; the entire treatment can usually be completed during a single office visit. However, bonding — like teeth themselves — can stain, and it is more prone to breakage than more-involved cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers. Should your bonding break, crack or chip, we can typically patch, repair or replace it in one visit as well.