If you are interested in cosmetic enhancement but are on a budget, you may be interested in dental bonding, a treatment used to cover small cracks and chips, close gaps between teeth, elongate worn teeth, and cover stains. During the bonding procedure, the dentist will artfully apply tooth-colored resin to each tooth you wish to treat. The dentist will harden the resin using a curing light. Finally, the resin is trimmed and polished to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misarranged, and is an alternative to veneers.
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.
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 ten years before repair is needed.