An alternative to porcelain veneers, bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, misarranged and also to fill gaps.
How Does It Work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a composite resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. The resin is then trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, often without anesthesia and can immediately improve the appearance of a tooth. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip, or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts five to eight years before repair is needed.