What Is Composite Bonding in Cosmetic Dentistry?
Composite bonding is one of the common treatments used in cosmetic dentistry today. It is a non-invasive procedure that can be completed during a single visit to a dentist. It produces instant results for the patient and it typically takes less than an hour to restore a tooth with a composite.
How cosmetic dentistry uses composite bonding
Treatments with a composite resin involve applying tooth-colored glass and plastic mixtures directly to teeth. It is a putty-like substance when applied, and it is used to fix a wide range of dental issues like:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Discolored and stained teeth
- Deformed teeth
- Short teeth
Composite bonding is one of the most affordable treatments used in cosmetic dentistry and no permanent alterations are made to the patient's teeth during the treatment. Repairs made with composite resin can last up to three years with good oral hygiene.
The composite bonding process
Making repairs with composite resin is a straightforward process that typically does not require the dentist to use a local anesthetic. An exception would be if a cavity is being fixed since the dentist needs to take out pieces of decayed dental matter and clean the tooth.
The patient's teeth are prepared for the composite resin by applying an etching solution to them. This is an acidic solution that roughens the enamel. It allows for a better bond between the composite and the patient's teeth.
The putty-like resin is then applied directly to the patient's teeth that need to be restored. It is molded as desired before being hardened with a curing light. This process is repeated several times to create layers of composite. The dentist finishes up the procedure by polishing the patient's teeth. This helps to prevent stains from forming and increases the longevity of the composite. The patient walks out of the dentist's clinic with their teeth fully restored.
Composite bonding is increasingly used as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings as it creates better aesthetics. It is also safer for the patient than traditional fillings which are known to contain mercury, which is toxic.
The benefits of getting treatments with composite resins include:
- It blends in with the rest of the patient's teeth since it can be color-matched
- It is an economical way to restore teeth
- It insulates the tooth from excessive temperatures in the mouth
- It can restore the function of damaged teeth
- It does not require permanent alterations to tooth enamel
The downsides of treatment with composite resins are mainly repairs made with them not lasting as long as veneers or crowns, which can be used to treat any of the issues composite resins are used for. Repairs with composites last a few years on average and they are more prone to staining.
Fix your smile with composite bonding
Composite bonding can instantly improve the appearance of your smile. It is a painless procedure that typically takes less than an hour for each tooth. Call or visit our Surfside clinic to learn even more about composite bonding.
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