Bonding is the basis of adhesive dentistry. Dental bonding is the technique dentists use to optimally attach dental restorations, usually white fillings, also known as composites to the hard tissue (enamel and dentin) of natural teeth. Porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, sealants, orthodontic brackets, endodontic posts, and even metal crowns and amalgams can also be bonded to natural teeth.
Bonding enables the dentist to repair lost tooth structure from decay as well as recontouring teeth by lengthening teeth, closing gaps and repairing cracks, to improve esthetics and function. Dental bonding is achieved through the use of various etching techniques, newly developed adhesives and filling materials and sometimes the use of blue visible light. Ask your dentist for further information.