Given how easily the procedure is done, it is clearly a quick solution to a myriad of problems. Besides cracked, decayed or discolored teeth, bonding can also be used to fix small or worn teeth.
It can also help protect the exposed tooth root caused by gum recession. This aids not just appearance but also reduces sensitivity. The material used can help fill up missing gaps and lengthen noticeably short teeth.
With a skilled hand, the results can be quite good and make it difficult for anyone to know you have had work done.
It is also a very affordable dental procedure. The cost is kept down by speed and minimal resource use. An alternative like veneers
requires more time and the use of a lab to build customized components.
The slight abrasion to the surface of the tooth means minimal removal of enamel before the resin is applied.
Other solutions like dental crowns
require greater removal of the natural tooth to accommodate the restoration.
This better preservation of the natural tooth is great for keeping it strong and reduces sensitivity. It is also what makes anesthesia unnecessary for most bonding procedures.
On the downside, the bonding material is not as resistant to stains as crowns. More care must be taken to avoid staining.
This solution is also not as durable as crowns and veneers, lasting anywhere between 3-10 years.
It is not as strong and therefore more susceptible to cracking and breakage. You will need to be more vigilant in how you use your teeth to minimize the risk of damage.