Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or in conjunction with orthodontic treatment.
How does it work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying an adhesive. A tooth colored filling material is then applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bondings can last for years if proper care is taken.