Cosmetic bonding uses special composite resins to address cosmetic issues like cracks, pits, and deep discolorations. The resins are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, and they can be tinted and shaped so they look completely natural. Bonding can also be used to close gaps between teeth and to correct issues affecting the shape of a tooth. Cosmetic bonding is a less costly alternative to veneers, and crowns, which require removal of more tooth structure.
Prior to the application of the resin, the tooth surface must be treated with a special etching solution to enable the bonding material to adhere better. Etching solutions “roughen” the tooth surface to make it easier for the bonding agent to “hold on” to the tooth surface. Once the surface of the tooth has been prepared, the pre-tinted resin will be applied to the tooth and gently and expertly shaped so it looks completely natural and blends with the neighboring teeth. Next, a curing light will be used to cure the resin. Final polishing will help ensure your restoration looks and feels great.
The resins used in cosmetic bonding are very durable and designed to last for many years with proper care, including routine six-month dental checkups to ensure the bond stays in good shape. Touch-up treatments may also be needed to keep cosmetic bonding restorations looking their best.