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Tooth Bonding is a cosmetic procedure the is among the least expensive and easiest ways to correct your smile. Bonding is the use of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) which is applied to the tooth to enhance the appearance. Bonding can be used to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. In addition, it can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth appear longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Bonding, unlike other cosmetic treatments, is completely reversible.
The process is simple. First, the tooth is prepared by creating a rough surface allowing the composite material to securely adhere to the tooth. The composite material used has a putty-like consistency and is carefully chosen by the dentist to correctly match the shade of the existing and surrounding teeth. Next, a special light is then used to cure the composite material. Anesthesia is rarely necessary in completing the procedure unless it is being used to fill a cavity. Bonding is a quick and relatively low cost for obtaining an aesthetically pleasing smile.