Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misaligned, and is an alternative to veneers. The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. Depending on the purpose of the bonding procedure, different shades and translucent composites are utilized to blend with the existing tooth or may completely change the appearance depending on what is desired by the patient.