Bonding is comparative to veneers or crowns, but it is faster and less expensive. As a restoration procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is bonded to a tooth and cured with an ultraviolet light, bonding can be a good option to make small cosmetic improvements to your teeth. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding can be done within one office visit since there is no need for custom work by a dental laboratory. The procedure itself also requires less removal of the tooth enamel compared with veneers and crowns. However, bonding will not last as long as other forms of restoration and it is less resistant to stains, so it is more often than not used for small cosmetic touch ups rather than major restoration.
What to expect
The entire procedure will typically take about 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth. Dr. Sharma will begin by determining your appropriate color shade and selecting a resin that will blend with your teeth naturally. Once this is decided, she will prepare the tooth by roughening its surface and applying a liquid conditioner so that the bonding material will adhere easier. Then, Dr. Sharma will apply the resin to the tooth and cure it in place using an ultraviolet light. Finally, the dentist will apply the finishing touches by shaping and polishing the resin for a good fit.