Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged.
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 five years before need of repair.
Greg had many spaces between his teeth and sharp uneven edges. Porcelain Veneers would have been a great option, and while they are the most permanent and druable, Greg needed a more economical choice. We polished the edges of his teeth to remove sharp areas and used composite bonding to fill in and shape the gaps to given him a perfect smile.
Lisa just did not like the way her front teeth looked. They were uneven and had some gaps. We polished the edges to even them, and then used composite bonding to fill in and shape the gaps to give her teeth a perfect shape.
Isaac did not like the gap between his front teeth. This is a very simple process to use composite bonding to fill in the space and shape it to look perfectly natural.
Allison had a great smile to start with but had chipped her tooth. A short appointment with composite bonding and her smile is back to perfect.
Natalie was happy with her natural white color, but did not like the way her front teeth were shaped. With some simple polishing of her front teeth and the use of composite bonding was used on her top front teeth to give them the perfect shape and size she was looking for.