What to Expect During a Dental Bonding Procedure

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By Sanders Family Dental

Are you tired of hiding your smile? Do you want to improve the appearance of chipped, discolored, or uneven teeth without undergoing an extensive dental procedure? Dental bonding could be the solution for you! This quick and painless cosmetic treatment can transform your smile in just one visit to the dentist. In this blog post, we will guide you through what to expect during a dental bonding procedure so that you can approach it with confidence and achieve the stunning results you deserve. Let’s get started!

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is applied to the surface of a tooth and then hardened with high-intensity light. Bonding can be used to repair cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth, as well as to close gaps between teeth. The procedure is usually completed in one office visit and does not require anesthesia.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?

When you get dental bonding, also called tooth bonding, a tooth-colored resin is applied to your teeth and hardened with a special light. This can be used to:

1. Improve the appearance of your teeth

2. Repair cracked or chipped teeth

3. Close gaps between teeth

4. Make teeth look longer

5. Change the shape of teeth

6. Protect a portion of your tooth’s root that has been exposed

7. Improve your oral hygiene

Source: American Dental Association (ADA)

What is Involved in the Procedure?

The dental bonding procedure is relatively quick and easy. It usually takes just one visit to the dentist to complete the procedure. First, the tooth that will be receiving the dental bond is cleaned and roughened up. This helps the bonding material to adhere better to the tooth. Next, a putty-like material is applied to the tooth and molded into shape. Once the molding is complete, the bonding material is applied over top and hardened with a special light. The final step is to trim and polish the bonding material so that it looks natural and blends in with your other teeth.

Preparation for the Procedure

It is important to arrive for your dental bonding procedure with clean teeth. Be sure to brush and floss thoroughly before your appointment. Your dentist may also recommend that you use an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce the risk of infection.

You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth or teeth being treated. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will begin preparing the tooth by roughening up the surface. This helps the bonding material to adhere more effectively.

Your dentist will then select a shade of composite resin that closely matches the color of your natural teeth. The resin is applied to the prepared tooth or teeth and molded into shape. A high-intensity light is used to harden the resin.

Once the resin has hardened, your dentist will trim and polish it to create a natural-looking finish. The entire process usually takes around 30-60 minutes, although this will depend on the number of teeth being treated.

How Long Does it Take?

The length of time it takes to complete a dental bonding procedure can vary depending on the extent of the work that needs to be done. In most cases, the procedure can be completed in one visit to the dentist. However, if more extensive work is needed, it may take two or more visits. The average length of time for a dental bonding procedure is about 30 minutes.

Post Procedure Care

After your dental bonding procedure is complete, your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your teeth. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure that the bonding lasts as long as possible. Here are some general tips:

-Avoid chewing hard foods or using your teeth as tools (e.g. opening bottles)

-Brush and floss regularly

-See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings

Alternatives to Dental Bonding

If you are not a fan of the way your teeth look, but you do not want to go through the hassle or expense of getting dental veneers, then dental bonding might be the right solution for you. Dental bonding is a quick and relatively painless way to improve the appearance of your smile. However, it is important to understand that dental bonding is not a perfect solution and there are some alternatives to consider.

One alternative to dental bonding is teeth whitening. If your main goal is to improve the color of your teeth, then teeth whitening might be a better option for you. Teeth whitening can be done at home with over-the-counter products or professional treatments. Professional teeth whitening treatments will usually give you better results, but they can also be more expensive.

Another alternative to dental bonding is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are glued to the front surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can give you a completely new look and feel for your smile. They can cover up stains, chips, and other imperfections in your teeth. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than dental bonding, but they can last for 10 years or longer with proper care.

If you are considering alternatives to dental bonding, talk to your dentist about all of your options and what would work best for your individual needs.


Dental bonding is a popular, affordable, and relatively painless procedure that can make a dramatic difference in the look of your smile. It’s important to talk to your dentist beforehand so you understand exactly what will happen during the appointment and know what to expect. With proper care, dental bonding can last up to 10 years, meaning it’s an excellent investment for both aesthetic purposes and long-term oral health.

-How long does dental bonding last? 

With proper care, bonding can last for many years. However, it is not as durable as crowns or veneers and may need to be repaired or replaced over time.

-What are the benefits of dental bonding?

Bonding can give you a smile that you’re proud of. It can also help to: 
-Protect exposed roots
-Prevent further damage to a tooth that has been chipped or cracked
-Make your teeth look longer
-Close spaces between your teeth
-Improve the alignment of your teeth
-Change the shape of your teeth
-Lighten the color of your teeth

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