Dental bonding is used by the dentist to correct certain imperfections. The material used in dental bonding is referred to as composite, which gives the dentist the ability to match the person’s natural tooth color.

The dentist roughens the surface of the affected tooth and applies a liquid conditioner—this is the foundation for the applied material. This is followed with the correct selected color resin, which is applied to the tooth and molded into shape. Next, an ultraviolet light is used, which allows the resin to cure onto the tooth’s surface. The dentist finally shapes the resin into the desired form, which ends with polishing the bonded portion so it matches the rest of the teeth.

Dental bonding can be used for a variety of needs. For example, it can be used to mask teeth that have been discolored or to close unsightly gaps, and may be used to repair cavities and chipped teeth.

The entire procedure can be done in the dentist office, and can typically be accomplished in one dental visit.