Composite Bonding is one of the least invasive cosmetic dental procedures, it is also known as tooth bonding, or dental bonding. Bonding is usually used for filling chips, fractures or gaps between teeth, or for cosmetic reasons to change the shape of teeth. A composite resin is attached to a tooth and shaped to restore its original appearance or to better the appearance of the original tooth. The colour of the resin is matched to your teeth so it will appear as though it is a natural part of the tooth.
Main Benefits of Composite Bonding are that there are Immediate results on the day and usually only one visit is required. It looks very natural in appearance.
Composite Bonding Procedure
It’s a very quick and simple procedure. Most patients are a likely candidate to have composite bonding, Composite bonding is not painful and most times anesthetic is not needed or used. It is very natural looking. People of all ages can benefit from it.
How it works The composite resin 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 a very 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. And with regular brushing and good oral hygiene, your composite bonds should last for years.
How do I care for my composite bond?
Here are a few tips for ensuring your bond stays strong and unstained:
- Avoid tea, coffee, smoking and food which may stain for 48 hours after having the procedure done.
- Brush your teeth often and see the hygienist regularly to maintain good oral health. This will help your composite bond stay clean and unstained.
- Avoid biting nails or chewing items such as pen lids, which may chip the material. Bonds aren’t as strong as a normal tooth so it’s important to take precautions to avoid damage.
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