Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. Dental bonding is a white filling bonded to your tooth to improve its appearance. Because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth. The bonding material is about 50% the strength of enamel. Therefore, in some situations, a chip or fracture would be better suited to be repaired with much stronger porcelain.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding is more porous and can stain or is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments. If it does break or chip, the bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit. A good rule of thumb is the larger the bonding, the lower the life expectancy of that filling. Remember that anything can be filled, but that doesn’t always mean it is the right material of choice. Placing large bonded fillings on any teeth is usually a temporary means toward something more permanent with greater strength and substance.