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You leaned down a bit too quickly at a water fountain one time and chipped the edge of a front tooth.

What Is Dental Bonding?

For bonding, a dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to reshape the outside of a tooth. It’s perfect for correcting minor imperfections for cosmetic purposes.

What to Expect

  • One 1-2 hour appointment

What Can Tooth Bonding Do for Me?

Bonding a chipped tooth is a painless, fast, and relatively inexpensive way to restore, recontour, and repair front teeth with minor damage. Unless you need local anesthesia for filling a cavity at the same time, no numbing is usually necessary.

Cosmetic dental bonding can:

  • Repair a chipped tooth and prevent further damage
  • Lengthen short teeth
  • Fill minor gaps between teeth
  • Correct eroded areas of the enamel

The Tooth Bonding Process

  • Step One

    First, the dentist matches a composite resin color to your natural teeth using a shade guide. If you think you may want your teeth whitened, it’s important to do that before you have bonding done. Cosmetic composites will not change color with teeth whitening treatments.

  • Step Two

    Next, the dentist creates a rough surface on the area of the tooth where the bonding material will be applied so it will adhere more readily. The dentist applies a bonding agent to the tooth then adds the composite resin, sculpting it to create a beautiful, natural-looking tooth.

  • Step Three

    UV light cements the new bonding treatment in place. Once the resin is dry, the dentist can file or shape the tooth for a few finishing touches for the cosmetic procedure. Your new smile is now ready for the spotlight!