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 work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by mildly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. A tooth-colored composite resin is then applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the prosthodontist. Once set, the resin is contoured and polished for a natural appearance and feel.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit and can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. However, since the composite resin used is not as strong or color-stable as your natural tooth, it is more likely to stain, chip, or fail. Since bonding can break down overtime, a porcelain veneer may be suggested by you dentist as a more long-term, esthetic solution.