Composite bonding is an easy and effective way to correct small tooth defects including minor chips, cracks, spots, discolorations or gaps between teeth. This simple procedure uses a custom-made, tooth-colored material to mechanically attach restorations such as composite fillings or porcelain veneers to the affected tooth. Once completed, the tooth structure is not only reinforced, but the treated tooth will look virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.
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.