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What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic dental procedure in which a dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more of your teeth to repair damage. Serving as a practical alternative to crowns and veneers, cosmetic bonding uses a shade guide to help you choose a color that matches your natural teeth. After that, we roughen the surface of the tooth, and apply a liquid that allows the bonding agent to stick! Finally, we apply the composite resin over the liquid, molds, or shapes the tooth, and then hardens the material with UV light. While your teeth are naturally very strong, accidents can happen. Teeth bonding can help repair chipped teeth while preventing future damage.

Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding Right for You?

Teeth bonding has the best value among cosmetic dental procedure options. Unlike veneers and crowns, which may require a lab, bonding can be done onsite, unless several teeth require attention. Another advantage of bonding, when sized up against veneers and crowns is that it removes the least amount of tooth enamel. Due to some of its limitations, cosmetic bonding is best used as a solution for short-term cosmetic correction, and for correcting teeth in areas of very low bite pressure such as the front of your teeth. Typically, bonding material lasts from 3-10 years before a replacement or touch-up is required.


Dental bonding may be recommended for several reasons:

  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Fixing gaps in teeth
  • Concealing discoloration
  • Changing your tooth shape to match the rest of your smile
  • Protecting part of a tooth’s root caused by a receding gumline
Dental benefits

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

Bonding on the front teeth can last between 4 and 8 years, but it may need to be replaced in as little as 3 and as many as 10.

How to Care for Bonded Teeth

Bear in mind, many materials are as strong as your natural teeth, including composite resin. Avoid activities that might damage your teeth such as chewing on ice, writing utensils, and your fingernails.



Bruxism (teeth grinding) (especially at night when you sleep) can also damage the bonding resin by grinding it down quicker than normal, run-of-the-mill wear and tear. If you are a bruxer, consider investing in a mouth guard or night guard, either through our office or a third party. Bonding your front teeth typically requires minimal prep-work, so anesthesia is unnecessary unless there is an old restoration or decay present. The tooth is layered with a conditioning gel to help the bonding material stay put. The resin is then applied and hardened with a UV light.

While your bond repairs the tooth initially, good oral hygiene is still required for long-lasting effects. Excessive hard foods and candies can also cause damage to your bond, so it’s best to avoid them since these are not great for regular teeth either. Whitening gels won’t harm anything, but you may see some discoloration as your tooth’s appearance changes, but your bond remains identical. The process works best for healthy teeth that have suffered minor damage or trauma.

Cosmetic Bonding Preparation and Procedure

Minimal preparation is needed for dental bonding on your end, outside of practicing standard oral hygiene. As long as you show up with your teeth brushed and flossed, you are good to go! If it is almost time for your biannual dental cleaning around the time of your procedure, you might consider moving up that cleaning and scheduling it beforehand.


To kick off your bonding appointment, your dentist will select a shade that best matches up with your teeth to prepare the resin. The actual composite resin is a pliable, putty-like material that can be molded into countless shapes. Local anesthesia may be necessary if a nerve is nearby the site of the procedure, but no anesthesia is typically needed for surface repairs. The bonding procedure then starts by making the surface of the tooth coarser and more susceptible to the bonding material. The dentist will subsequently apply a fluid to help the resin stick to your teeth. Next, they will apply and mold the resin into shape.

After smoothing it down, they will use UV waves to cure and harden the resin in only a few seconds.

Why choose Dental Solutions International?


Each dental equipment within our facilities is cutting-edge technology. Performing quality procedures and providing comfort to all patients is possible since we have our dental laboratory equipped according to the needs required at the time.

World-Class Specialists

With excellent results, our specialists in Cancun have the necessary preparation and expertise to provide you with the appropriate treatment or procedure for your dental situation, taking care of your smile at all times during your vacation experience and then with an optimal follow-up when you are in your home. In addition to speaking in your language.

Competitive prices

We know that most of our patients seek security and experience in whatever dental treatment they wish to have. Obtaining any of our dental procedures in Cancun means 70% to 80% cheaper than in the United States or Canada. Allowing our patients to enjoy their vacation experience and at the same time change their smile.

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