Bonding is an effective technique for masking small irregularities on teeth. It is a relatively inexpensive option compared to porcelain veneers * though it is not usually as long lasting. Regular maintenance is recommended for bonded teeth as rough areas and chips may appear which can affect the appearance of the tooth and may lead to the restoration cracking and potentially failing. However, regular maintenance can ensure that rough areas are smoothed and shaped before they compromise the restoration.
In order to undertake an aesthetic bonding technique, the tooth surface is first etched with an acidic gel, then a bonding liquid is applied which sets with a special light. Then a resin putty can be applied on top and the light is again used to set it. Once the resin is set into a solid structure, it can be shaped and polished.