Dental bonding: Everything you need to know 

Oct 10, 2023 | Dental bonding, Dental services

Have you ever thought about how to fix a chipped tooth or fill gaps in your smile? Dental bonding offers a simple solution. 

This guide will cover teeth bonding, the dental bonding procedure, and its benefits. We’ll also discuss the bonding material (composite resin) and how long the resin can last.  

Let’s dive in.

What is teeth bonding?

Teeth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry game-changer that uses a composite resin material to enhance your teeth. This resin is coloured to match your teeth, making the change almost invisible. It is actually the same material used for dental fillings. Despite having the same material, dental fillings and teeth bonding are two different processes: for a dental bonding you would use less resin to correct a minor chip or break. It is normally less invasive than a filling caused by a cavity (although not always).  For example, people can get into everyday accidents 

such as biting a fork or an olive pit or even falling on their face, etc. The result can be a “chip” that encompasses the entire tooth, often leading to massive fractures. Luckily, we can often still resolve the situation using resin. 

Do you have a chipped tooth or a minor gap? Teeth bonding can fix that! It’s a quick and effective way to address small dental imperfections without breaking the bank. So, if you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective way to boost your smile, teeth bonding might be your answer. It’s a single-visit procedure that can make a big difference in how you look and feel.

How does dental bonding work?

Dental bonding is a straightforward process that can be completed in just one appointment.

  1. Your dentist starts by applying a conditioning liquid to your tooth surface, which helps the bonding material adhere.
  2. Next, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the tooth. This resin is then shaped and smoothed to fit perfectly.
  3. A special light, often ultraviolet, is used to harden the resin. This step ensures the material is securely attached to your tooth.
  4. Finally, your dentist will give the bonded tooth a final polish. The entire process is quick, often taking just minutes per tooth.

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is a specific type of dental bonding that uses composite resin. This material is known for its durability and natural appearance. The composite resin is skillfully molded to your tooth, blending seamlessly with your natural teeth. It’s a popular choice for fixing minor damage like small chips or gaps between teeth.

Composite bonding can also be used when patients have cervical abrasion or erosion of the enamel at the gum line area of their tooth.  This loss of enamel causes significant thermal sensitivity, which in turn makes eating and drinking certain things very uncomfortable for the patient.  A small amount of composite resin bonding material in this area fixes both the erosive concavity as well as eliminating the thermal issues with the tooth. Composite bonding is a versatile cosmetic treatment. It’s a great option if you’re looking to improve the appearance of your teeth without extensive dental procedures.


How long does dental bonding last?

The longevity of dental bonding can vary, but you can generally expect it to last between 3 to 10 years. Much depends on your oral hygiene habits and the location of the bonded tooth.

Regular dental visits and proper care can extend the life of your bonded teeth. Avoiding hard foods that could chip the resin is also advisable. Factors like tooth decay or stained teeth can affect the appearance and durability of the bonding. So, keeping up with dental cleanings is key. In summary, while dental bonding is not a permanent fix, it offers a long-lasting solution for various dental issues. With good oral care, you can maximize its lifespan.

Benefits of dental bonding

Dental bonding is a versatile solution for a range of dental issues. From discoloured teeth to spaces between them, this procedure offers quick fixes that enhance your smile.

It’s also a less invasive option compared to other dental restorations like dental veneers. This means less discomfort and a shorter time spent in the dental office.

Another perk is the preservation of your natural tooth enamel. Unlike some treatments that require removing tooth structure, bonding keeps most of your natural tooth intact.

Last but not least, the composite material used in bonding can be matched to your natural tooth colour. This ensures a seamless and natural-looking result, boosting your oral health and the appearance of your teeth.

Ready to transform your smile?

At Annex Dentistry we offer a quick, non-invasive dental bonding service that can be completed in just one visit. Whether you have stains, gaps, or chipped teeth, our experienced dentists have got you covered.

We use top-of-the-line composite resin for natural-looking results. Your comfort is our priority, so we make the process as smooth as possible. Plus, our dental team is here to answer any questions you may have.

Don’t let minor dental imperfections hold you back. Book a consultation at Annex Dentistry today and flash a smile that lights up the room.