Dr. Nate Bent exams a patient in and exam room.

Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth’s surface, hardened and then sculpted into shape and polished.

Bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth, fill gaps between teeth, or modify the shape of teeth.

The composite enamels used in the process mimic the structure and look of your own teeth. The material is hardened using a blue light and then shaped and polished to match the rest of your teeth.

Bonding is usually completed in one visit and many times does not require patients to get numb. Following your normal care routine will keep the bonded tooth healthy after that. The main downside to cosmetic bonding is the composite material will pick up stain overtime, which varies per individuals eating and drinking habits.

After any cosmetic procedure, routine home care, dental cleanings, and check-ups are necessary. It is also important to avoid damaging habits such as nail biting or chewing ice. In some cases the dentist may recommend a protective night guard to preserve the work and your investment, if grinding or clenching at night is suspected.