Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a chipped or discolored tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Often times bonding is used to protect a portion of the tooth’s root surface that has been exposed when gums recede. Dental bonding is one of the most common and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Ask Dr. Derr or Dr. Chi if you are a candidate to improve your smile with tooth bonding.