Bonding is a popular treatment option because it provides a successful attachment between the filling material, a tooth colored composite resin, and the tooth’s original enamel and dentin. It looks like the original tooth and functions like it as well.The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth.

What is Bonding Used for?

Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.

Sometimes, bonding also is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.