Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored. It can also be used to close gaps when there is extra space between teeth.
How does it work?
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 Dr. Mead sculpts it to the desired shape. 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 than natural teeth. Bonded teeth can typically only withstand a few years of use before needing repair.