Cosmetic tooth bonding is a restorative procedure that can be used to treat teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or crooked. Cosmetic tooth bonding is similar to composite dental fillings, also known as while fillings. Bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures because it produces exceptional results and is highly affordable.
Geneva, IL cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Neeraj Khanna often uses cosmetic tooth bonding as an alternative to porcelain veneers. This procedure is especially well suited for patients who are not ready to make a full investment into cosmetic dentistry or those who only need minor repair work.
Composite Bonding FAQs
What is Composite Tooth Bonding?
Dr. Khanna uses a special, bio-compatible resin for cosmetic bonding procedures. The material is tooth-colored so the restorations are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
How does it work?
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. First, Dr. Khanna prepares the tooth for the bonding procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. As the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.
How long does tooth bonding last?
Bonding typically lasts three to five years before repair is needed. Because the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip, or break than natural teeth.