This direct restoration involves the application of a malleable dental resin to the affected tooth. In many cases of minor cosmetic imperfections, such as gaps, cracks, chips, or slightly misshapen teeth, dental bonding can meet a patient’s needs while eliminating the need for more extensive treatment options, such as porcelain veneers. After the resin is applied to the treatment area, it is shaped as needed for a natural appearance. Any excess resin is removed, at which point the bonding material is cured, or hardened, with a special dental lamp. Once the restoration has hardened and properly adhered to the treatment site, it is polished for a natural appearance.