Afraid to smile because your teeth are chipped, uneven or discoloured? Why not try bonding — a treatment that is used to repair chipped or stained teeth and that may be used to reduce gaps between teeth. By bonding you can improve your appearance and self-image.

Dentists mix composite resin, a type of plastic, into a paste, tint the mixture to whiten or match the colour of your teeth and apply several layers to a tooth. Each layer is hardened under a special light. Final steps include shaping and polishing the resin material so the finished tooth looks natural and smooth.

Bonding can also be used to build up older teeth to make them appear younger. Everyone can have their teeth bonded, including children, as the resin can be replaced, if necessary, as teeth grow.