Dental 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 Dental Bonding Work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly roughening the enamel surface, then etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by Dr. Pham. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
Considerations for Tooth Bonding
The dental bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit or several visits, depending on complexity of the case, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, because 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. Dental bonding typically lasts between three to five years before need of repair. Proper brushing and flossing, along with proper diet, will help maintain the restorations longer.