Bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured tooth. The bonding can be done in a single visit. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discoloured, chipped tooth, or to close the black triangles that often appear in patients with severe gum shrinkage. 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 the gums recede.

Your dentist would use a shade guide to select the composite resin colour that will match the colour of the tooth most closely. Many patients choose to whiten the teeth before the bonding is done, to improve the looks of the smile. Find out more about whitening here

Tea, coffee, cigarette smoking and other substances can stain the build ups. To prevent or minimise stains, it’s essential to avoid eating or drinking foods that can stain for the first 48 hours after any composite procedure. In addition, brush your teeth often and have them cleaned regularly by a dental hygienist.