What is bonding?
Bonding is a quick, easy and effective restorative procedure to fix chipped, cracked, discolored or malpositioned teeth. The bonding procedure generally only requires one appointment, and it will significantly improve the appearance of your affected tooth.
At Monterey Peninsula Dental Group, we always want to make sure that our patients consider all facts before we recommend a certain treatment or procedure. With bonding, you should take endurance and longevity into consideration. Naturally, the plastic resin used for bonding is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, so it is more prone to stains, chips and breaks than your natural teeth. Still, bonding typically lasts for 3-5 years before another repair might be necessary, and it is a great alternative to more expensive veneers.
How does bonding work?
You dentist will start with preparing your tooth by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, your dentist will apply the plastic resin and sculpt it into the desired shape before it gets trimmed, smoothened and polished for a natural appearance. Your restored tooth will fit in perfectly with its neighboring teeth, and your smile will look natural and healthy again.
This page has been reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Chad Corriveau, a partner at MPDG who completed dental school at the of University of Illinois at Chicago. Click here to follow him on Linkedin.
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