Dental bonding is the process by which a broken or discoloured tooth is restored with a resin filling material that is bonded to the tooth. Dental bonding is relatively faster and cheaper than crowns or veneers. It is a quicker and less expensive option to make minor cosmetic improvements to your teeth. It only requires one visit, because the bonding can be done in the dentist office, without having to send anything to the laboratory for fabrication.
The dental bonding procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth. The colour of the resin is first chosen to get the best match so that the restoration fits harmoniously with your smile. Then the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to ensure the best bond between the material and the tooth. Once the tooth is roughened it is then conditioned prior to application of adhesive. The adhesive is hardened with a special curing light, which is also used to harden the resin material that’s subsequently placed. The whole restoration is then trimmed and polished to make sure that there are no rough or sharp edges.