An alternative to veneers is a process called bonding, in which a tooth-colored material that looks like the enamel of your teeth is molded and shaped, and then hardened and polished. Bonding can be used to improve the color of a tooth, close unsightly gaps or to repair a small fracture, chips in the tooth, reshape crooked teeth or hide the tooth discolorations. The bonded tooth blends well with the surrounding teeth & gives it a more natural look. Once the composite is applied and adjusted to the tooth, it is hardened with the use of a high intensity curing light. It is then buffered and polished to smooth out any rough surfaces.
Bonding is generally not as permanent a process as veneers, and can be vulnerable to the same kind of staining your natural teeth are prone to. Bonding can also be more prone to chips and cracks than veneers. Crowns or veneers are generally preferred to bonding when such a procedure isn’t deemed to be effective in the long run. Bonding is great for children who have chipped front teeth and for adults who need an alternative for veneers and understand the limitations.