Bonding is a process that has many uses in modern dentistry. Bonding may be used to attach tooth-colored filling material to your teeth or with types of special cement to attach certain restorations to your teeth using this technique. Veneers and some ceramic crowns have their best chance for long-term success when they are bonded to your teeth. In addition to adhering restorations to teeth, bonding may be used to decrease sensitivity of certain teeth. Using a clear fluid version of this material to seal the exposed surfaces of the teeth decreases sensitivity to temperature changes and certain types of foods.
One of the most common uses of the term “bonding” is the application of tooth-colored filling material to teeth that are misshapen, peg lateral incisors, chipped or broken teeth, or cracked teeth. Although not as effective as porcelain veneers, bonding may be used to improve the color and appearance of stained or discolored teeth. Bonding is often considered an intermediate step to improve the appearance of these teeth until the patient is old enough to receive more definitive restorations such as veneers or crowns/caps.