Dental bonding is the process of applying composite resin to your tooth to restore appearance and/or functionality. Bonding can address a variety of maladies, including tooth decay, chips, cracks, discoloration, spacing and abnormal tooth shape. This procedure is among the more popular cosmetic treatments due to its low cost and accessibility. Unlike veneers and crowns, which must be created in a lab over several weeks, bonding can be completed in as little as 1 session. In addition, dental bonding requires minimal enamel extraction, leaving your tooth structurally intact. Bonded teeth are highly durable and, with proper maintenance, can last as long as 10 years. To ensure your device remains in working order and achieves a long lifespan, be sure to avoid bad habits like nail biting, chewing on pen caps, and crunching on ice.