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Dental bonding

Dental bonding is a minimal-invasive dentistry procedure used to rebuild a chipped or cracked tooth.

Dental bonding or teeth bonding involves applying a tooth coloured resin to your teeth which is shaped and set with an ultraviolet light.

Dental bonding is one of the most conservative methods to repair chipped teeth, fill cracked teeth and change your smile. The procedure is quick, cost effective and usually requires no anaesthesia.

Uses for dental bonding

  • To repair decayed teeth
  • To repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To change the shape of teeth
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede

Dental bonding before and after example

In this example a chipped front tooth was rebuilt using dental bonding. This case study also includes teeth whitening to remove the yellow staining.

Dental bonding before and after

The dental bonding procedure

Your consultation

Your dentist will schedule a consultation to determine if dental bonding is the most appropriate treatment for you.

Your appointment

During the appointment your affected tooth will be etched slightly to create a surface the resin can easily attach to. The tooth coloured resin will be applied and shaped to develop a natural result. The resin is set in place with an ultraviolet light and once set, the resin is trimmed and shaped further until the desired result is achieved.

The procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. If you’re having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule more time or more appointments.


  • Dental bonding is a great option for small changes or repairs to your teeth
  • Dental bonding is a cost effective treatment
  • Dental bonding is quick and pain free – it usually takes one appointment
  • Unless the procedure is invasive (such as treating dental cavities) no anaesthetic is required

Frequently asked questions

  • How strong is the resin?
    Whilst the resin is a strong material, it isn’t as strong as your natural teeth, or other restorative procedures such as fillings, crowns or veneers.

  • How long will the resin last?
    This depends on how the resin is being used and your ongoing care. A conservative use of the resin should last many years. An exposed resin on the edge of a tooth repeatedly exposed to hard foods is at higher risk of being chipped.

  • Can I clean my teeth as normal?
    In most cases you can continue to brush and floss as normal. If your dentist has any particular advice for you they will let you know.

  • Are there any changes I should make to my diet?
    In the first 48 hours you should avoid substances that can have a staining effect on your teeth such as tea, coffee, red wine and cigarette smoke. Long term you should be careful of biting or chewing hard foods on the affected tooth to prevent chipping the resin.

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