Dental Bonding is a restoration procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is bonded to a tooth and cured with ultraviolet light. Bonding is faster and cheaper than veneers or crowns, and can thus be a good option to make small cosmetic improvements to your teeth. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding can be done within one office visit since nothing has to be custom made by a dental laboratory, but handcrafted by Dr. Shiri. Additionally, the procedure typically requires removing less the tooth enamel compared to veneers and crowns. However, since bonding typically doesn’t last as long as other forms of restoration and is less resistant to stains, it is used more often for small cosmetic touchups rather than major restorations.
How its done
The bonding procedure typically requires between 30 to 60 minutes to complete for each tooth. First, Dr. Danny Shiri will determine exactly what color shade your teeth are to select a resin that will blend it naturally. Once this is done, Dr. Shiri will prepare the tooth so that the bonding material will adhere easier. This involves roughening the surface of the affected tooth and applying a liquid conditioner. Once this is complete, Dr. Shiri will apply the resin to the tooth, and cure it in place using ultraviolet light. Finally, Dr. Shiri will apply the finishing touches by shaping and polishing the resin for a good fit.