If you need a minor cosmetic touchup, then you’ll probably need dental bonding. In this process the doctor will apply a resin mixture to your tooth to fix or re-shape the area. This won’t require the use of an outside dental lab to create the resin piece. It can all be done in one sitting and may be less expensive than other dental procedures. The resin also does not require as much of the enamel of the tooth to be removed before application. However, resin is not as durable or resistant to stains as veneers or crowns and should not be used for major restorations.
How it works:
The dentist mixes the resin to make sure it matches the color of your tooth. The dentist then prepares the tooth so the resin bonds more securely - this involves creating a rough surface where the resin will be placed and conditioning it with a special liquid. The dentist then layers the resin on top of the area and cures it with an ultraviolet light. The last step involves polishing and shaping the tooth to create a comfortable bite. This process takes less than an hour per tooth.