Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged.
How does it work?
After preparing the tooth surface, the bonding process is initiated by lightly etching the tooth and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. The resin is then cured or hardened using a special light. Once set, the resin is trimmed, 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 plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break as compared to natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair or replacement.