Bonding is used as an alternative to veneers or as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, or discolored.
How does bonding work?
First, the tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and then applying a bonding liquid. The liquid sets and then a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into a desired shape by the dentist. After the resin sets, it will be trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
What to consider
The bonding procedure is typically completed in a single office visit. It can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth, however, 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, but will typically last three to five years before a repair is needed.