What Is Dental Bonding?

A Solution for Damaged or Discolored Teeth

Dental bonding is the application of composite resin to the surface of the tooth to repair it. The simple procedure can be completed in one visit without the need for lab equipment or impressions. Since dental bonding is convenient and efficient, there are a few different reasons we may suggest it. 

Discolored or Chipped Teeth

As resilient as teeth are, there are a million ways to unexpectedly chip one. But if you find yourself with a chipped tooth, dental bonding can help. The resin will be matched to the current color of your teeth and molded to perfectly fill in the gaps, resulting in a repaired tooth that won’t look out of the ordinary to anyone. Teeth that have become discolored due to smoking, inadequate oral hygiene habits, illness, medication reaction or any other cause can also benefit from dental bonding, as the procedure can cover any discolored damage. 


For those dealing with a large gap, or several large gaps, in their teeth, bonding can help by closing gaps, changing the shape of teeth and/or making the teeth appear longer. This is also a potential solution for those who need to alter the shape of a tooth. The dental bonding procedure is performed for cosmetic reasons as well as for quality of oral health.

The Process

Any good dental bonding begins with a one-on-one consultation to determine if bonding is right for the patient, based on their individual needs and cosmetic goals. At Perimeter Dental Group, once we’ve established whether dental bonding is right for you, we get to work! Dental bonding is an outpatient procedure and does not require a sedative or local anesthesia unless in the care of a decayed tooth. We’ll choose a resin that matches the color of your teeth, after which your dentist will roughen the surface and apply a liquid bonding agent. The bonding resin is then applied to the tooth and shaped to create a beautiful smile. To speed up the drying process, we set the resin with a UV light. 


While the UV light assists in the curing process, it is still important – for the purposes of preventing discoloration – to not eat or drink any foods or liquids that might stain for up to 48 hours after the procedure. Dental bonds can last up to 10 years without needing any repairs or replacements, but it’s important you take good care of your teeth during that time frame. Avoid eating ice and hard candy. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss. With the proper care, your dental bond will last and keep your smile seamless! 

Schedule a One-On-One Consultation

At Perimeter Dental Group, we value our patients and want to create a relaxing and easy process for everyone. When you schedule a consultation with us, we will make sure to keep your individual dental wants and needs top of mind, because no two patients are the same. Reach out today to start your personalized dental journey!