teeth bonding

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What is Teeth Bonding?

Teeth bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure where a tooth-colored resin material is applied and bonded to the teeth using a special light. This technique is often used to repair minor imperfections such as chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth.  
Bonding is a relatively quick and non-invasive procedure that can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office. 

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The Benefits of Teeth Bonding


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Less Invasive

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Natural Appearance

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Easy Aftercare

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How to Know if You Need Tooth Bonding

If you’re wondering whether tooth bonding might be right for you, there are several signs and situations to consider. If you have chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth that affect your smile’s appearance. Additionally, if you have gaps or spaces between teeth, tooth bonding can help close them. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots, bonding can provide protection. Consulting a Smile Generation-trusted dentist will help assess your specific concerns and determine if tooth bonding is the right solution for you.

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Teeth Bonding Procedure: Step by Step

The two types of dental bonding – adhesive and direct composite – have slightly different application processes. The first step for each type of bonding is for your dentist to assess the tooth. 

Here is a basic breakdown of the step-by-step teeth bonding procedure: 


Once you and your dentist agree that bonding is the right option, your dentist will prep the tooth. Tooth preparation includes making sure the tooth is free from plaque and tartar in the area that will be bonded.

Remove Any Damage

Suppose the bonding is part of repairing a cavity. In that case, the dentist will remove the decaying matter before applying the composite resin.

Etching and Adhesive

For adhesive bonding, part of the tooth preparation is to use an etching product and adhesive to improve the bonding of the restorative material.

Bonding Material

Direct composite bonding products include the necessary agents for bonding in the composite material and minimizing extra steps.


Once the tooth is thoroughly prepared, your dentist will apply the resin composite and cure it with a curing light.


Teeth Bonding Aftercare

Teeth Maintaining your beautiful smile after bonding is essential, and a few simple steps can help you make the most of your results. Avoid staining culprits like coffee, tea or tobacco during the initial 48 hours to prevent discoloration. Be gentle with your newly bonded teeth and avoid biting down on hard objects to prevent chipping. Stick to a diligent oral hygiene routine by regular brushing and flossing to keep the bonded areas clean. Should you notice any unexpected changes like rough edges or changes in color, reach out to your dentist for a thorough evaluation. 

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Teeth Bonding vs. Dental Crown

Teeth bonding and dental crowns are two distinct cosmetic dentistry options. Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to fix minor imperfections like chips, discoloration, or gaps. It’s a less invasive and cost-effective options. On the other hand, dental crowns are custom-made caps that cover the entire tooth – ideal for extensively damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns provide more comprehensive restoration and protection, but require a more intricate process compared to bonding.


Teeth Bonding vs. Veneers

Dental bonding is a quick and cost-effective solution for fixing minor imperfections. Veneers, on the other hand, provide a more comprehensive transformation for various cosmetic concerns. While bonding is ideal for minor issues like chips or small gaps, veneers are suitable for more extensive changes, such as altering tooth shape or color. 


Got questions?


We’ve got answers to all of your teeth bonding questions. Browse our FAQs here or give us a call at 1-800-SMILEGEN.


There are plenty of good alternatives to veneers. With so many options available, you're sure to find the best one for you, whether that's crowns, veneers, bonding, Lumineers, or any number of different combinations. Examine your own teeth: are any of them fractured, chipped, or cracked? Or do you want a merely cosmetic effect that will give you a lovely smile?

Knowing the fundamental cause of the problem and your personal "why" will aid you in determining the best remedy.

Whether microdontia negatively impacts your self-esteem or oral health, there are options to fix your small teeth.

Corrective methods, such as cosmetic dentistry to make your teeth larger can help build self-confidence and prevent further teeth and jaw damage. Based on your specific situation, you may have various options available to you.

Options for fixing small teeth may include composite bonding, dental veneers, porcelain crowns, and gum reshaping.

There are two types of microdontia, true generalized microdontia and localized microdontia. True generalized microdontia is when you have a complete set of atypically small teeth, and it is rare. However, localized microdontia is when one tooth is smaller than the rest of the teeth, which is much more common.

While microdontia may seem insignificant outside of aesthetics, it can cause more serious issues. For instance, it can lead to unnecessary wear and tear because microdontia can create an improper bite, creating weakness of the tooth structure and even tooth decay.


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