Bonding (also known as bonded restoration) is the application of a tooth-coloured resin material and is most commonly used for minor dental repairs. The term bonding comes from the fact that the material is bonded directly to the tooth using adhesives as well as a strong curing light.
Bonding is commonly used to fix minor cosmetic dental problems such as small chips in teeth, the closing of gaps between teeth, and also improving the appearance of discoloured teeth.
Bonding is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures as well as one of the most inexpensive. Most procedures can be done without the use of anaesthetics and usually in one visit. However, bonding only lasts a few years as the material that is used for bonding is not as strong as your natural teeth. It is also not as stain resistant, so taking care of your bonded teeth is important.
Bonded teeth also need the same care as your natural teeth, so a proper oral health care routine that involves brushing and flossing your teeth is critical for their care. Avoiding chewing on hard objects that may cause damage such as ice can also go a long way in prolonging the life of the bonds.