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 IT WORK?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Dr. Wilson uses between 5-7 different composite materials that vary in shades, tint, and opacities to recreate a natural looking tooth from the inside out. Many times he will use a small paint brush to apply the internal layers. Each incremental layer is hardened with a curing light prior to placing the next layer. Once the tooth is built to the desired size and shape it is trimmed, smoothed and polished to create a natural appearance. This is one of the most difficult procedures in that it requires the most artistic talent from the dentist. Dr. Wilson has extensive training and practice in this procedure, having been taught hands-on by one of the most famous cosmetic dentists in history.
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, over time it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. The advantage is that it is very conservative to the existing enamel, easily repaired, and costs less than ceramic restorations.