Dental bonding is one of the easiest, fastest and most affordable cosmetic dental treatments at your disposal. Dental bonding can repair minor imperfections such as stained, cracked or chipped teeth.

Dental bonding, dental crowns and veneers are all cosmetic dentistry procedures that can boost your smile from average to brilliant. Bonding, however, is a less expensive, less complicated alternative to a dental crown or dental veneers. Dental bonding is best suited for small cosmetic changes, temporary corrections of cosmetic defects and teeth with little bite pressure (especially front teeth). Another benefit of dental bonding is the time it can save you. Unlike veneers and dental crowns, which are custom-made in an off-site laboratory and require multiple visits to complete, a dental bonding procedure is performed in at Dr. Toth’s office and generally takes just one visit! Dental bonding does have limitations, however. While the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain-resistant, dental crowns have proven to resist stains better. Bonded teeth are also more vulnerable to chipping and breaking than dental crowns, dental veneers or dental fillings, so you should refrain from chewing on ice, pencils and your fingernails.

The dental bonding process is a simple procedure that takes about 30-60 minutes per tooth to complete.  First, the tooth is prepared for dental bonding. A shade guide is used to select a composite resin that closely matches the natural color of your teeth. Your tooth will be roughened up a bit and then a conditioning material is applied to help the resin better adhere to the tooth. Finally, a light is used to harden the resin. After the resin has hardened, the dentist may trim and shape the tooth as needed. The final touch is a little polishing to make sure the sheen of your bonded tooth looks just like the rest of your natural teeth.