Are you ready to enhance your smile with Composite Bonding?
Composite Bonding is a simple and effective way to restore or enhance your smile. It can help to improve the appearance of your teeth, giving you a more attractive and confident smile.
What cosmetic dental issues can it treat?
- Repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities) To repair chipped or cracked teeth.
- To improve the appearance of discoloured teeth.
- To close spaces between teeth.
- To make teeth appear longer or change their shape.
- To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
How does it work?
Composite Bonding takes little to no preparation. We will match the shade of your existing teeth to select a composite resin colour that will closely match the colour of your tooth. The resin is hardened with a special light, creating a strong bond; giving you a beautiful long-lasting smile.
There are two forms of Composite Bonding: direct composite bonding and adhesive bonding:
Direct Composite Bonding Dentists can use tooth-coloured composites, such as white or natural-looking materials, to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between teeth and build up worn-down edges. These composite materials can even be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that show when you smile; this procedure is referred to as direct composite veneering or simply “bonding” and is an ideal way to achieve a minimally invasive smile makeover.
Adhesive Bonding This is the process of attaching a restoration to a tooth. This method is commonly used for aesthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges and inlays/onlays. After your dentist has chosen a colour that matches the shade of your teeth, he/she will roughen the surface of the tooth using a gentle phosphoric acid solution. Soon after the roughing agent is removed, a liquid bonding agent is applied. The tooth-coloured putty-like resin is applied to the tooth, then moulded and smoothed until it’s in the desired shape. The material is then hardened with an ultraviolet curing light, and the previous step is repeated until the filling or direct composite veneer has reached its final shape. Your dentist will then polish the material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Advantages of Composite Bonding
- Composite bonding can help to improve the appearance of your teeth, giving you a more attractive and confident smile.
- Bonding is a relatively simple, non-invasive procedure that can be done in just one visit.
- It is cost-effective compared to other restoration options.
- It is a durable solution that can last up to 10 years with proper care.
- Bonding can be used to repair minor chips and cracks, as well as to reshape teeth.
- It is a quick and easy procedure that can be done in a single appointment.
Disadvantages of Composite Bonding
- The material used in dental bonding is not as strong as your real teeth, so biting on fingernails or chewing on pens can actually chip the material.
- Bonding only lasts a few years before it needs to be repaired and is not as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings.
- It is also not as stain-resistant as crowns.
Because there are some limitations to the restorative impacts that bonding can have, some dentists may view it as best suited for small composite changes, for temporary correction of composite defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth). Your dentist will be able to tell you if bonding is right for you or may make other recommendations relative to your personal conditions.