Bonding is actually a method for attaching something to the tooth.
First, the tooth is etched to create microscopic pores in the tooth structure. A bonding resin is placed over the etched tooth and cured. This resin locks into the microporosities, which causes it to adhere to the tooth, much like pouring glue onto a sponge.
On this resin, anything can be bonded, i.e. metal, enamel, plastic or porcelain. We bond metal bridges, porcelain laminates, composite resins and orthondontic brackets. The bonding process is considered 'additive,' meaning nothing is taken away from the tooth.
The term "bonding" has come into common usage to mean restoration of missing tooth structure with a tooth-color composite material, and is used interchangeably by dentists and patients alike.
Excellent results can be achieved using this method to help create a beautifully restored smile.
Contact the Manhattan dental office of Dr. Paul Tanners to learn more about dental bonding solutions.