Cosmetic Bonding

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?

We can design your finished restorations prior to placing them through hi-tech imaging programs as well as with a diagnostic wax-up of your existing teeth. A diagnostic wax-up utilizes a dental lab to recreate your teeth in wax to show you what they can look like. Together, we can review and change this until you are satisfied.

The tooth or teeth are 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.

Considerations

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth or teeth. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it can stain, chip, and/or break. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before possibly needing some sort of repair.