Bonding

The term "bonding" is used in dentistry to describe permanently attaching dental materials to your teeth using dental adhesives and a high intensity curing light. Tooth-colored composites (white or natural-looking filling materials) are used to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, or close gaps between your teeth. The material can be placed where needed.

Because composite bonding involves the precise placement of filling material, the bonding procedure usually is completed in one dental visit. More complicated or extensive treatments may require additional visits.

The same composite materials also may be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that show most prominently when you smile, for minimally invasive smile makeovers. While technically being called "direct composite veneers," many people just refer to them generically as "bonding." Composite bonding usually is an ideal and less expensive solution for people with chips, gaps between the teeth, or misshapen teeth.