Cosmetic bonding is a process in which a composite resin is layered upon the teeth and then sculpted to the desired shape. The material used in bonding is a liquid acrylic, in which glass micro-beads are suspended. This gives the composite great strength and wear- resistance.
After the teeth are cleaned, a mildly acidic conditioning gel is applied to the tooth which makes it more receptive to the resin composite.
The bonding resin is applied in successive layers.
Each is layer is then hardened with a harmless high-intensity light. Once the last layer has hardened, the bonded composite is sculpted to its final shape. This composite is extremely strong, enabling you to use the bonded teeth exactly as you would your other teeth.
Bonding is used to reduce spaces between teeth, to lengthen small teeth, to correct the appearance of misshapen teeth, or to conceal discolored teeth. If a tooth is worn or chipped, bonding can repair the tooth and protect it from further damage, while restoring its original appearance. As the tooth surface is left intact, the procedure doesn't usually require any anesthetic.