Cosmetic Bonding involves placing layers of tooth colored filling material (composite) onto the front of you teeth to create beautiful restorations that can greatly improve their appearance. It is usually done on one or several teeth but can be done on all of your front teeth. The restorations are quite durable especially if you are careful to avoid biting hard on them. They are reasonably priced especially when compared with porcelain veneers and crowns. While they can improve your appearance as much as porcelain veneers, they are not as strong as veneers and will likely need replacement sooner. Nonetheless, they can create a beautiful and a natural looking appearance.
Having cosmetic bonding done usually requires only one appointment to complete the process. This may require little or no anesthesia during the procedure. In certain cases, there is no need to prepare the teeth before the bonding restoration is placed. However, in many cases, the teeth will need to be prepared by shaping the tooth to allow placement of the restoration. The teeth are then cleaned, and treated with special liquids to enhance the adhesion of the restoration. The composite material is placed and then the restorations are finished and polished to give the teeth their new beautiful appearance.
As you leave the office, your new restorations are completely cured so that you can chew on them at any time. Careful biting and avoidance of habits like chewing your nails will extend the life of your restorations. While the restorations themselves will not discolor, having large amounts of foods and drinks like coffee and wine can discolor the edges of these restorations. Therefore these things should be kept to a minimum to enhance the longevity of these restorations.