What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is among the easiest and least invasive of all cosmetic dental procedures. Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin called composite to fix the shape or color of your tooth – in this case, composite resin – is shaped and molded on your teeth to give the appearance of straighter, whiter smile. It can be used as a cosmetic solution to chipped teeth, gapped teeth and staining in both teeth and fillings. Unlike porcelain veneer placement, which can take more than two visits, composite resin bonding can be completed in one appointment.
The first step is to schedule a consultation with our office so you can discuss your treatment goals. The dentist will use a shade guide to select the composite resin color that matches the color, of the tooth or teeth, most closely. Once your color has chosen the color, the dentist will slightly etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The tooth will then be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material adhere. When the tooth is prepared, the dentist will apply the tooth-colored, putty-like resin. The resin is molded and smoothed until it's the proper shape. Then the material is hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser. After the bonding material hardens, the dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish the material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. If you're having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule more time or additional visits.
Are composites natural looking?
Yes! Composite bonding is arguably the most natural type of cosmetic dental restoration. Our office specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has the practical skills required for intricate veneering and tooth sculpting.
What aftercare is needed?
With normal care, today's composite material is durable enough to last without regular attention. Nonetheless, make sure to keep your regular dental checkup and daily oral care a priority. However, you should also avoid biting down on particularly hard foods, or ice, to prevent cracking.
If you're interested in achieving a brighter smile, composite resin bonding is a great option. Make an appointment with our office for more details.