Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.
*However, as good as these restorations are they must be placed under proper circumstances. They should only be used in "small" filling situations and should not be used in the back molars where most of the chewing forces are placed and the remaining tooth structure may be compromised! There are other more appropiate esthetic restorations that reinforce weakened teeth. (see porcelain inlays/onlays).