The tooth or teeth are prepared by modifying the shape of the enamel where indicated. The tooth is then prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted, then it is set or cured with a special LED/ halogen curing light into the desired shape by the dentist.. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance. Usually this type of procedures requires the use of a local anesthetic.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and significantly can improve the appearance of a tooth. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair or replacement. We advise patients to avoid biting into hard food or substances and avoid habits that puts excessive pressure on the bonded tooth.