Composite bonding is the use of composite material that is bonded to teeth in order to reshape, rebuild, or fill damaged teeth.
It is a very simple cosmetic procedure, but it also has a huge amount of potential for different kinds of repairs.
There are alternatives out there, such as veneers and crowns, but composite bonding can benefit patients because it is a much simpler and much more cost-effective solution to those other treatments.
A patient may want to look more into composite bonding if they are struggling with chipped teeth, fractures, or another cosmetic improvement to the teeth.
What to expect
Your dentist chooses a composite resin that matches the colour of your natural teeth.
The tooth’s enamel surrounding the missing portion of the tooth gets roughened.
This takes place without anaesthesia for minor chips.
A liquid or gel gets applied to the roughened tooth surface.
This makes microscopic pores in the enamel, which aids in bonding the resin to the tooth. Your dentist gently rinses and dries your tooth.
Your dentist applies a special liquid known as a “bonding agent” to the tooth.
The composite resin gets carefully applied to the tooth, then sculpted to give the tooth a natural appearance.
A special dental light cures or hardens the bonding material. The restoration receives a final shaping and polishing.
Why choose Composite Bonding
Composite bonding can usually be carried out in just one visit to the dentist. It’s a fast and effective way to fix minor cosmetic issues. The composite is hardened using UV light as soon as it’s applied, resulting in a tooth that can comfortably bite down by the end of the appointment.
Bonding is also a non-invasive procedure. With alternatives such as crowns and veneers, part of the tooth is permanently removed.
For composite bonding to be applied, the surface of the tooth only has to be roughened to help the resin to bond, meaning the structure of the tooth remains intact.
Composite bonding can make cosmetic improvements to your smile quickly, without causing further damage to your teeth.
Composite bonding can be a cheaper alternative to crowns or veneers. It’s also a less invasive process and can be completed in just one appointment.
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