Exploring The Benefits of Composite Bonding
One cosmetic dental treatment that you don’t often hear a lot about is composite bonding. Offering similar results to veneers, composite bonding can be used by dentists to enhance a patient’s smile by eliminating gaps between the teeth, lengthening your crowns, and providing a number of other cosmetic benefits.
Not only can composite bonding provide confidence-boosting effects that improve your appearance but it can also help to also improve your dental health as a whole. To find out more on what composite bonding is, how long it lasts, and what the procedure is like, continue reading down below.
Composite bonding is often a great option for patients with teeth facing minor cosmetic issues such as gapped spacing, shortened crown length, and teeth stains. To correct these issues, dentists can use composite bonding to cover the tooth using a moldable material that hardens on top of your teeth. Colgate explains this process in further detail describing how composite bonding works and why some might consider it a better option than veneers.
“Composite bonding is a cosmetic technique wherein a type of dental material – 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.”
If you’re seriously considering treatment to help improve your smile, you should also consider the long-term results of any procedure you undergo as well as what ongoing care you’ll need to maintain the health of your teeth. Goldstein Garber & Salama explains the lifespan of teeth that undergo composite bonding as well as what to expect when caring for them.
Just like your natural teeth, composite bonded teeth require regular care and can be damaged by practicing bad habits such as chomping down on ice or biting your fingernails. The lifespan of your teeth heavily depends on how well you take care of them whether they are your natural teeth or have undergone composite bonding.
“Bonded teeth last 5-8 years or longer and require professional finishing once every few years. Tips for maintaining your bonded teeth include using a nightguard, refrain from smoking, have your teeth cleaned three or four times a year, avoid chewing ice or biting fingernails, and minimize your consumption of stain-causing food and drink.
Avoid chewing ice and biting your ﬁngernails. A nightguard might be made to help protect your crowns from fracture, especially if you clench or grind your teeth.”
Considering that composite bonding is a full procedure that must be executed by a dental health professional, you might be a little intimidated in knowing what to expect during treatment. Composite bonding does not hurt most patients and rarely requires anesthesia to provide pain relief for the patient. Instead, Smile Chicago explains that during a composite bonding procedure, your dentists will simply rub a solution over your teeth that catalyzes the bonding process between your tooth and the composite resin that will be placed over it. After a few coats have been applied, then the tooth is shaped into the ideal form but this step doesn’t cause any harm to the patient.
“The cosmetic dentist begins by examining and cleaning the tooth to be bonded. Once the tooth is properly prepped, the cosmetic dentist rubs the tooth with a mild solution that facilitates the bonding of the composite resin to the tooth. The composite resin is then applied in several coats. Each coat is hardened (or set) using a specially designed dentist’s light. Once the cosmetic dentist has placed an adequate amount of resin on the tooth, the bond is sculpted for the desired shape and texture. Bonding is performed in the dentist’s chair and usually does not require any anesthesia.”
To learn more about composite bonding from a trusted source, you can call our office at Laguna Vista Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Krystle Fenton. Our office number is (916) 684-3105 and we can’t wait to help you achieve a happier, healthier smile!