Dental bonding is a procedure where a tooth-colored composite resin material is applied to your teeth and hardened with a special light, which, in the end, “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or enhance your smile. It is called “adhesion” dentistry. Most dentistry today is done with some aspect of this procedure.
There isn’t much that can’t be done with bonding to enhance your smile. It’s a very artistic medium to fix chips and cracks, change the shapes of teeth, and close spaces. Obviously, anything that is creative requires lots of practice. This is one of my favorite things to do in dentistry. Composite comes in many shades and viscosities.
I sculpt over your tooth to achieve the results you like. It is also used to fill cavities and replace previous fillings. In some cases we can remove silver (amalgam) fillings and replace them with composite to achieve a more cosmetic result. Composites are best done when there is enough tooth structure to support it. If there is a lot of tooth missing like the corner (cusp) of a back tooth, then it’s best to do a crown or Lumineer if it is a front tooth. When Lumineers are done, composite provides the support and color to bond the porcelain to your tooth.