Your dentist will use tooth-colored resin, a durable plastic material, to perform the bonding. This material can be prepared just before the procedure and is made to match the color of your teeth. Depending on the issue the procedure is addressing, your dentist may have to drill your tooth to change the shape of your teeth. In such cases, anesthesia can be used to prevent any pain. Anesthesia is also advisable when tooth chips or cracks are near the root.
Before your dentist applies the bonding, the tooth needs to be roughened. After that, your dentist will apply a conditioning liquid. This ensures that the bonding material adheres properly. At this point, the bonding resin is put on and shaped. This bonding material is moldable and allows your dentist to perfect the shape of your tooth. Once the shaping is complete, a UV light is used to harden the material. Your dentist will take another pass to get the final trim shaped and then apply polish to match the color of your other teeth.
The overall procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for each tooth. Once the procedure is complete, you won’t have to wait to eat or drink, but you might experience some sensitivity.