Dental bonding is a process in which material - usually a very hard wearing plastic in the form of a resin - is “bonded” to the tooth using adhesive and fixed and set in place by a special light such as a laser. It is usually performed to repair a chipped or otherwise broken tooth.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The process takes about an hour to complete. Anaesthesia is usually not needed for this process. The tooth is prepared by sanding and conditioning the tooth much in the same way a wall is treated before it is painted. The tooth resin is matched to the shade of the tooth and is moulded into shape around the tooth.
A light is then shone on the tooth to harden the material. When hardened, the dentist will finish the tooth by shaving any excess or unwanted resin from the newly shaped tooth.
This is a quick, painless procedure that rectifies damage to the teeth and encourages a more symmetrical smile. They can be done immediately in the surgery unlike veneers that need to be made off site.
The colour may not match and may not whiten during a whitening treatment. The resin itself may chip in the future.