Bonding is a term that refers to the use of tooth colored filling material being used to enhance the appearance of the front teeth. Bonding is most often used to close spaces, replace worn enamel, repair broken or chipped teeth, reshape crooked or misaligned teeth, and cover permanently stained or discolored teeth.
Bonding can be used to…..
- repair chipped teeth
- close gaps between teeth
- improve appearance of tooth color
- repair decays in front teeth
- improve overall contour and arch form
- as an economical alternative to porcelain veneers (although bonding is not as strong as porcelain or as resistant to staining and it will likely have to be touched up or redone years down the road)
Bonding is done in a single office visit and often times can be done without anesthesia. Due to advances in dental materials, there is a wide variety of shade selection so that the restoration can blend perfectly with your own tooth structure (if repairing a tooth) or can be used on all of the “smile-visible” teeth to whiten and brighten your smile. Which ever the case, bonding can provide significant esthetic improvements. People some times have no idea how greatly their smile can be improved by a simple procedure like getting a chip repaired or a gap closed. Consult with Dr. Kenny to find out how a simple bonding procedure might enhance your smile.