What is bonding and what is it used for? What happens during bonding?

Bonding is a procedure that is used in dentistry. Bonding does not refer to just white filling as may have been thought. It is important to note what is being bonded. It could be white filling material (composite) or crowns, veneers or even silver amalgam fillings.

Bonding is an excellent method of restoring teeth especially when used for cosmetic purposes. Bonding can bring back that million dollar smile. However, one must note that if bonding composites, they require maintenance just like everything else and may need replacement from time to time.
Bonding procedures vary but essentially comprise the following steps. The tooth is first prepared by a mild acid treatment then the bonding agent is applied (liquid) which penetrates the prepared tooth. This is then subjected to a curing light that hardens the bonding agent. Then whatever is being bonded is applied and cured in a similar fashion.