Dental bonding is an alternative to veneers, and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misarranged.

There are two types of bonding used in dental treatments, composite bonding and adhesive bonding. Although you may not realize it but your dentist may have used either one of these in your dental procedures.

Direct Composite bonding is usually done in the first visit, as it needs precise placement by your dentist. At The Smile Reflections of Tucson, we used the most natural looking tooth-colored composites on our bonding procedures.

Adhesive bonding is mostly used for aesthetic procedures such as attaching a restoration to your tooth using an adhesive or a bonding agent.


The tooth is prepared for the dental bonding procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a dental bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the composite resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.


On your initial visit, our dentist will conduct a thorough examination to identify the bonding treatment to be used. During your consultation, we will discuss with you the effects of having cosmetic bonding procedures such possible discoloration, cracked or chipped teeth, and even cavities. In other cases, we may advice pre-treatment of teeth whitening to further match the color of the bonding composite to your teeth.

The dental bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, problems involve – it is more likely to stain, chip, or break than natural teeth. Dental bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair. Dental bonding is ideal for a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers.