Composite resin bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged. The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface of the tooth and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.
The composite restorative procedure can often be completed in a single visit to the office, and can imporve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the resin used is not as strong as natural tooth enamel, it may be more likely to stain, chip, or break than natural teeth.
Composites typically last three to five years before need of repair.