Bonding is done by placing tooth-like material onto the tooth to both build and alter its shape. It requires great expertise and an artistic eye to achieve optimal aesthetics with bonding.
It usually takes one visit and it is the procedure of choice when instant result is a requirement. Bonding is applied directly to the tooth and can be used to correct minor gaps, cover heavy staining, or to fill small cavities. Because natural tooth structure is usually not removed, its best use is somewhat limited to broken or chipped teeth.
The advantage of bonding is that it is a relatively inexpensive and conservative way to restore a tooth. No impressions are required and there is no waiting time.
Cosmetic bonding can resolve cavities, chips, cracks, fractures, gaps and spaces between teeth, and tooth discoloration. However, if you have teeth that are extensively damaged or your dentist considers other dental issues may affect the success and longevity of cosmetic bonding treatment, other options may be presented to you, such as crowns or veneers.