Resin composite "bonding" is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth using a white filling material. Because resin composite comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, Dr. Gifford can closely match it to your natural tooth's appearance.
Bonding can also be used for simple fillings in areas of decay if you would like to avoid the use of silver amalgam or yellow gold. Many patients prefer white fillings because the color is closer to natural tooth structure. Bonding is usually an option on front or back teeth unless the the extent of the tooth decay is too large.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, inform Dr. Gifford as soon as possible. The bonding generally can be easily patched or repaired in one visit.