When an enamel-like material is placed on the surface of a tooth, formed into an appropriate shape, hardened, and polished, this is called dental bonding. Bonding is typically utilized to close spaces or fill in gaps between teeth, or to change the color or shape of teeth. Bonding can usually be completed in just one office visit, with the results lasting for several years.
Although easier and faster to apply, dental bonding is more prone to stains or cracks than other types of restoration methods. For slightly decayed or chipped teeth, bonded composite resins can be an effective solution. Bonding can also be utilized as a tooth-colored filling for small caries, as well as tiny chips or breaks in the tooth.