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Bonding

Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for front teeth that are chipped, cracked or discolored or to close a space between them.

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 sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.

Bonding can be a reversible process yet it is not as strong and does not necessarily last as long as a porcelain veneer. Over time, bonding can begin to break down around the edges. Routine home care is extremely important to aid in preserving the bonding as long as possible.

Considerations

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.