Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked or discolored, and is an alternative to veneers. 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. The resin is then trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit. 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 repair is needed.