Cosmetic bonding is a common treatment choice for solving a variety of dental issues. Like porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding can change the shape and size of a tooth, which when executed properly, can re-shape the smile, fill small gaps between teeth and correct bite problems. In addition, bonding is often used to repair surface flaws in the tooth, such as cracks, chips or discoloration.
Unlike porcelain veneers, bonding does not reduce the tooth's original structure. It is quick, painless and relatively inexpensive. Bonding generally requires very little drilling and most treatments can be performed in a single visit without the use of anesthetic.
It should be noted that cosmetic bonding, just like natural teeth, are subject to discoloration from coffee or tobacco. Cosmetic bondings do not last as long as porcelain veneers and may require touch-ups or replacement in 5 to 10 years.