Dental bonding is the process in which tooth-colored resin adheres to a tooth and then cured with a specialized ultraviolet light. Bonding is typically faster and less expensive compared to veneers or crowns, and thus can be a great option for making small improvements to your teeth. Since no impressions need to be taken or sent to a lab, bonding can often be performed in a single office visit. Unlike other cosmetic procedures, however, bonding may not last as long and is more susceptible to stains, so is used more for touch ups compared to major restorations.
How it’s done
Bonding typically requires between a half-hour to an hour to complete per tooth. First Dr. Karbassi will determine what shade your teeth are and select a resin that will blend naturally. After this, the doctor will roughen the surface of the tooth and apply a liquid conditioner so that the bonding material adheres easier. The resin will then be placed and cured with ultraviolet light. Finally, the resin will be shaped and polished for a good fit.