A restoration procedure called dental bonding is often done using a special composite resin bonding that is tooth-colored and easy to cure with a special ultraviolet light. Bonding is a treatment that can be used in lieu of crowns or veneers. The entire process is done quickly and in a more affordable manner, all during one visit to the dentist’s chair. This is because there is nothing fabricated in a dental laboratory. The procedure requires less removal of tooth enamel for preparation when compared to porcelain veneers and crowns, though they do not last as long as other restorations. Composite resin bonding is less resistant to surface stains and is best for minor cosmetic touch-ups.
The procedure is done right in the dental office during one appointment that can take 30 to 60 minutes tops. The dentist picks a resin that matches the color of the existing teeth and prepares the tooth to a rough surface so the material will adhere easier to the tooth structure. This is done prior to the administration of a liquid condition. The resin is applied to the teeth, cured with a specialized light, shaped in place, and then filed and polished for a beautiful appearance.