Bonding is a cosmetic procedure used to restore chipped, stained, worn or misshapen teeth. It’s may also be used to fix a gap between two of your front teeth. The procedure may involve no loss of tooth structure and, in fact, can be used to repair minor tooth damage.

Bonding involves the layering-on of a strong composite resin, which is precisely color-matched to your natural teeth. After each layer is applied, it’s hardened with a special, high-intensity light. When enough resin layers are applied, hardened and bonded, the tooth is sculpted and polished to a comfortable, natural-looking result.

Bonding offers several benefits. It is quick, affordable and relatively painless. The composite resin is very flexible and allows for expanding and contracting with your natural tooth. This prevents cracks and tooth loss. Bonding usually lasts around five years before needing to be repaired.