Bonding and Cosmetic Fillings
Bonding used to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a filling made of a tooth-colored composite resin is placed on the surface of the tooth to improve its appearance. The composite resin bonds with your tooth. Bonding resin comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades so it can be matched to the rest of your natural teeth.
Tooth bonding resin can also be used for other fillings instead of silver amalgam for a less noticeable and more natural looking filling. Bonded fillings can be used on front or back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one office visit. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.