When we try to change a smile, we have many tools in our toolbox. One of those tools is bonding. Bonding is a very conservative material that is usually used as a completely additive procedure. It was originally designed to be a filling material for cavities that are in the fronts of our mouths. We've been able to take and kind of push the envelope with that material a little bit because of its conservative nature. Because it's usually additive, we simply are repairing chips or making small changes to the tooth. Bonding isn't really designed to make big changes, you know, global smile makeover type changes. It's meant to fix a small gap or a small chip or something where, honestly, a veneer isn't the best option. Our job is just to apply the tools that we have to give you the best result.
Bonding does have its benefits and it does have its drawbacks. The major benefit of bonding is, is that it's very conservative. It's a additive procedure usually done in one visit and it's relatively inexpensive so it's a good way to fix a very small problem. Probably the biggest disadvantage to bonding, though, is strength. It's not meant to replace substantial portions of missing teeth. It lacks the ability to have the longevity to last 20 plus years. So there are times where we'll recommend bonding and there's times where we'll recommend other tools.