Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a tooth-colored filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Tooth bonding can also be used for teeth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and can require maintenance to keep it looking its best. After any cosmetic bonding procedure, an occlusal guard is recommended to protect and increase the longevity of the bonding.