The process of applying a tooth-colored composite material to improve the appearance of a tooth is called cosmetic bonding.
This is a relatively simple procedure that fix small fractures or imperfections in natural teeth. Composite material whose appearance and physical properties closely resemble enamel is used. The materials are applied to the affected area, then molded to closely match the patient's natural tooth, and hardened with a curing light (high intensity beam of light). This technique is non-invasive and very effective under certain circumstances.
This process improves the esthetics of your smile and will allow the tooth to maintain a natural appearance. In order to carry out cosmetic bonding, tooth colored material is added to the tooth to build it up.
Bonding is often used to:
- Correct the shape of a tooth that is chipped
- Correct the look of a cracked tooth
- Provide more uniform tooth color
Advantages of bonding over other treatments include:
- Bonding can be a less costly treatment than other cosmetic options
- An appointment for bonding treatment often takes less than an hour to complete
- Bonding usually permits the tooth’s structure to be preserved
Bonding may sometimes be preferred over veneers or crowns but may not be as durable or long-lasting. Proper home care is important as bonding material can stain from coffee, tea, tobacco or some foods.