“Bonding” is a common name for tooth-colored fillings. It’s a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. The process involves cleaning the problematic spot on the tooth, layering the filling as a liquid or a soft putty, and hardening it with a bright blue light to make it like a strong plastic.
Bonding is fast and durable, but it is also very moisture-sensitive while it’s being put on the tooth. If the tooth gets wet at any point during the process, the bonding won’t stick. If the gums are inflamed and bleed easily (for example, if they bleed when flossing), then the dentist will probably recommend treating the gums first, and waiting to bond until the gums are healthier.
As a cosmetic treatment, bonding is less expensive than other options and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. It’s also easy to edit, so it’s a good first step for people who aren’t sure how much they want their teeth changed. It can stain or wear down more easily than other cosmetic treatments like porcelain veneers, but if it does, it is much easier to repair than porcelain.
If your bonding breaks or chips, please let us know. We can usually repair it in a single visit.