Cosmetic Bonding: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

Cosmetic Bonding: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

Team Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic bonding is a popular dental procedure that uses a tooth-colored composite resin to correct various aesthetic flaws. Bonding can cover teeth with stains, chips, cracks, and minor decay, creating a beautiful, healthy appearance.

Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding


Unlike other cosmetic procedures that may take multiple appointments, bonding typically takes only one visit lasting less than one hour.


The bonding process is easy and painless. Since the appointment usually takes under an hour, you will be on your way with beautiful teeth in no time.


Bonding represents an incredible value when considering the combined cost of other procedures meant to correct the same aesthetic issues. For example, braces or clear aligners alone represent a major investment, but bonding can correct the look of gapped teeth in just one visit.

Preserves Natural Teeth

Bonding protects and strengthens your natural teeth. Unlike veneers, which require some enamel removal in the preparation process, bonding leaves your natural tooth intact.

The Cosmetic Bonding Process

Cosmetic bonding is a straightforward process that produces excellent results. The procedure is comfortable for patients of all ages. The first step is choosing the correct shade of composite resin that will blend with your teeth.

The next step is preparing the tooth for resin application. The dentist uses a special acid solution to roughen the surface of your tooth so the bonding resin can adhere. They then apply a conditioning liquid.

Next, the dentist applies the resin. The resin can be spread, molded, and smoothed like a putty to create natural-looking tooth contours.

The dentist cures the material with a specialized light. The light helps the material bond to your tooth enamel.

The last step is shaping and polishing the resin to create a seamless look. The dentist may adjust your bite to ensure your teeth feel and look great.

Tips to Protect Your Bonded Teeth

While bonding produces long-lasting results, you must take special care of your teeth to avoid staining or chipping.

Be sure to attend all routine dental visits to keep stains at bay. Use care with staining foods and beverages like coffee, tea, cola, and red wine. If you have these beverages, brush your teeth as soon as possible afterward. If you smoke, you may also notice more staining.

Bonding and Teeth Whitening

If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, you may want to receive teeth whitening before you undergo dental bonding. Teeth whitening does not affect composite resin.

Call Wilson Park Dental

If your teeth have aesthetic flaws but are generally healthy, you may be an excellent candidate for cosmetic bonding. Bonding can upgrade your smile at a fraction of the cost of other cosmetic treatments. Please call our Rapid City, SD, office at 605-343-9352 for an appointment today.