Cosmetic dental bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or crooked, and is possibly an alternative to veneers.
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 plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
The bonding procedure can usually be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of teeth significantly. However, since the plastic resin we use is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it can stain, chip or break more easily than your natural teeth or veneers. Bonding usually lasts from 2 – 5 years before needing to be replaced and can be a great alternative to more expensive crowns or veneers.