How long does dental bonding take?

Dental bonding can usually be completed in one visit and involves preparing the tooth surface with an etching solution. The solution allows the bonding material (resin-based composites) to better adhere to the tooth. Resins of various colors are carefully blended to match the color of the existing tooth. The resin is applied, contoured into the proper shape and hardened using a special light or chemical process. The bonded tooth then is smoothed and polished to appear natural.
You probably can't wait to see your new and improved smile after dental bonding, and you shouldn't have to wait too long because the procedure is a relatively quick and easy procedure.

There's also very little lead-in time to dental bonding, because you don't need any anesthesia and your teeth don't need to be prepared.

During dental bonding, your dentist will apply a tooth-colored material called resin to your teeth and let it harden. Then it will be shaped and polished.

In just 30 to 60 minutes, you should see the cracks and spaces in your teeth disappear. However, you may need to come back to your dentist's office if you need to have other teeth bonded.
Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
In recent years, dental bonding has become a relatively quick procedure. Since it usually only entails closing up space and fixing chips and other small imperfections, bonding can be done in one visit.
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