Bonding is an alternative to
veneers, and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are
chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged.
How does it
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
The bonding procedure
can often be completed in a single office visit, and can
improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. 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 three to five years
before need of repair.