21 King Charles Drive, Portsmouth, RI 02871 — 401-683-5990
Bonding can be chosen to restore teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misarranged. It is an alternative to porcelain veneers.
To bond your teeth, the tooth is prepared by lightly etching the surface and then applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic composite resin is applied and sculpted to the desired shape. Once set, the composite material is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to achieve a natural appearance.
Bonding is often completed in a single office visit. Remember, however, that since the plastic resin is not as strong as your tooth's natural enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip, or break than natural teeth. Bonding normally lasts anywhere from 4 to 7 years before a repair is needed.