Dental bonding can improve the appearance of teeth, especially teeth that have stains which can’t be removed by bleaching. During the procedure, a composite plastic resin is applied to the front surface of the teeth. Dental bonding can also be used to change the shape of teeth including adding length to short teeth.

How is the Procedure Performed?

The dentist first “roughs up” the enamel (removes the shine of the enamel) of the tooth using phosphoric acid so that the composite resin will adhere to the tooth. Then, he applies the resin to the tooth and exposes it to a high intensity light which hardens the resin and seals up the “roughed up” enamel. After bonding the resin to the tooth, the dentist polishes and contours the tooth. The procedure usually doesn’t require the use of an anesthetic.

How Long do the Results From Bonding Last?

Results last for 5-10 years. Bonding material does loose its shine over time, and stains and plaque easily stick to it. As the results begin to fade, bonding can be repaired or redone.

Can Dental Bonding be Removed if I am Unhappy with the Results?

Yes. However, how much the dentist “roughed up” your teeth will determine how structurally sound your teeth will be after having bonding removed.