Bonding is the method that your dentist will use to fix the more minor issues that you may face including teeth that are only slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked. The most desirable feature of bonding is that it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades that can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. This white filling is used to repair minor stains, chips, and slightly crooked teeth. This treatment is a very effective way to make small restorations at a minimum cost and a maximum aesthetic appeal.
This same white filling is also very useful for filling cavities. The silver amalgam that was regularly used in the past has a couple of disadvantages. First, the silver is far more noticeable and much less aesthetically pleasing. Also, the silver has been known to have serious problems with cracking. Some patients will choose to use bonding on more visible teeth and the less expensive silver fillings on less visible teeth. Silver fillings may also be a good choice for “baby teeth” that will be falling out eventually.