Tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure for the front teeth that involves applying a custom-tinted composite resin to teeth. Is one of the easiest faster and most cost-effective cosmetic dental procedures available that can repair a range of common complaints, from a small crack to a full composite veneer, including:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Irregularly shaped or chipped teeth
  • Fractured or cracked teeth
  • Discoloration and decay
  • Short teeth
  • Protection of exposed roots (due to Receding gums)


Cosmetic dental bonding can be done in one appointment, in-house and is completely painless.

There's little to no preparation needed for dental bonding

Your dentist will first select the colour that matches your teeth and prepare (smooth) the surface of the teeth for the procedure. Local anaesthesia may be required if the dentist must drill out and smooth down your tooth near the nerve. Then the dentist will build up the tooth or teeth they need repair freehand or by using a silicon key. Finally, she gives the final touch with the microstructure of the tooth surface and polish to give the tooth the shine natural teeth have.


You may experience some tooth sensitivity for a few days after your bonding procedure, especially if the enamel is removed. To manage this, take over-the-counter painkillers as needed and consume mild, soft foods that aren't too hot or too cold. Other than that, just continue brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily as usual.

How Long Does It Last?

It's important to remember that the bonding resin isn't quite as strong as your natural teeth. So, you'll have to avoid activities that might damage your bonding. Just say no to chewing on ice, biting pens and pencils, opening bottles with your teeth, and chewing your fingernails.

Grinding your teeth can also damage the bonding resin. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, consider a mouth guard for night use

Keep in mind that the resin will get stained from coffee, tea, soda, and smoking. But unlike your natural enamel, it can't be corrected with whitening treatments. If you're a caffeine addict, consider using a reusable straw to keep beverages that can stain off your teeth

If you take good care of your teeth, dental bonding can last up to a decade. If you do develop chips, staining, or cracks after a few years, the affected areas can be repaired by your dentist.

Risks of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

There are very few risks and side-effects associated with cosmetic bonding. Any infections or decay must be removed and treated before the procedure can take place, or they will continue to grow under the resin and eventually require a root canal or extraction.


Cosmetic bonding may be the best choice for people who want to correct chips, gaps, staining, or other imperfections on their front teeth. Because these teeth are under the least pressure while chewing your food, the bonding resin won't be at as high of a risk for damage.It is a fantastic alternative for those who aren't interested in or don't qualify for veneers.

Many people prefer bonding over veneers because it tends to be less expensive and doesn't always require shaving down tooth enamel.


The main disadvantage of cosmetic bonding is that it isn't as strong or stain-resistant as porcelain veneers. As such, it's recommended more for smaller-scale repairs. If you need to correct large chips, severe wear and tear, or significant decay on most of your teeth, crowns or dental veneers may be a better option.

Bear in mind that whitening gels CAN NOT change the colour of your bonding resin so it is recommended if you want whiter teeth to do the bleaching treatment prior to your bonding.

Don't waste any more time being unhappy with your smile. If you're tired of hiding your teeth and ready to make a change, dental bonding may be right for you. Investing in your smile can boost your confidence and help you make great first impressions everywhere you go!

If you have any further questions about cosmetic bonding or want to get the process started, Quale Vita Dental is here to help. Our experienced dental professionals can help you decide which treatment is best for you and your smile. Contact us today to set up an appointment!
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