Teeth bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged, and is an alternative to veneers. If you’re not happy with your smile because of gaps, staining, or chips and damage to your teeth, then Teeth bonding (composite veneers) may be the solution that can lead you to a better smile. Teeth bonding refers to the application of composite veneers, which is tooth-colored resin that can be shaped and then polished to match your other teeth in only minutes. It’s a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers and can be used to fill in gaps, improve the look of a damaged or stained tooth, and can even be used to change the shape of teeth or make them longer for a more even and uniform look overall. It is also a great alternative to traditional amalgam fillings for cavities.
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 Dr. Pestana. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
The 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 repair is needed.