Cosmetic Bonding & Sealants
from our Dentist in Silver Spring, MD


Bonding is the process of adding a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth and curing it with an ultraviolet light. The composite material bonds to the tooth as it cures and hardens, allowing us to retouch or improve a smile that needs a bit of restoration or a little enhancement.

This dental bonding technique is primarily used to fill in a noticeable or troubling gap between (especially front) teeth. Bonding is also helpful for:

  • smaller, individual repairs to cracked or chipped teeth
  • a composite resin filling material for cavities
  • improving the appearance of discolored teeth
  • modifying the shape of teeth
  • protecting tooth roots exposed by receding gums


A tooth sealant is a thin plastic coating that forms a protective barrier over deep grooves, pits, and dimples that populate the biting surface of molars. It smooths teeth so they are easier to clean with a toothbrush and also reduces tooth decay by sealing out the decay-causing bacteria that live in oral plaque.

Once teeth are clean we apply an adhesive etching solution. Afterward an ultraviolet light is used to cure and harden the material. We recommend sealant application when children get their permanent first molars (around 6 years of age) and again when their permanent second molars (around 12 years of age) arrive.

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