Your smile is one of the first things people will notice. Uneven, crooked or worn down teeth may leave you feeling insecure about your smile and affect your confidence and quality of life. With todays technological advances, improving the appearance of your smile can be simple and cost effective with composite bonding. Often times, composite bonding is a convenient, simple, non invasive single appointment procedure that can enhance your smile and protect your teeth from further damage.
Here are some important facts you should know about composite bonding.
What Is Composite Dental Bonding?
Composite tooth bonding is a dental treatment that enhances your smile by covering defects in your teeth. It involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin material to the tooth to correct various cosmetic discrepencies and give your tooth a perfect uniform shape. The composite resin can fill indentations or chips in the teeth and eliminate gaps between them, making it ideal for treating a variety of minor cosmetic dental problems in a single procedure.
After the composite resin is permanently bonded to your teeth, it can be artfully blended with the natural colour of your teeth making it completely unnoticeable to the naked eye. Once it is well polished, it will look and feel like a normal tooth.
What Dental Issues Can Composite Bonding Fix?
Composite bonding is ideal for people with minor dental issues who are seeking a cosmetic treatment to give them a more confident and beautiful smile. Here are the most common issues composite bonding is used to fix:
Repairing decayed teeth: Tooth decay is yellow or dark brown and can cause tooth sensitivity to hot, cold or sugar. Remove the decay and replacing it with a composite restoration will not only eliminate your tooth sensitivity and preserve your tooth, but it will also improve the appearance of your smile.
Repairing chipped or cracked teeth: If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, composite bonding can restore its shape and improve its appearance. The dentist will apply the composite resin to the affected area, sculpt it to match the natural tooth shape, and then polish it for a seamless blend with the surrounding teeth.
Closing gaps between teeth: Composite bonding can be used to close small gaps or spaces between teeth, also known as diastemas. By applying the composite resin to the sides of the adjacent teeth, the dentist can create the illusion of a more even and aligned smile.
Reshaping misshapen teeth: If you have misshapen or irregularly shaped teeth, such as peg laterals, composite bonding can help in reshaping them. The dentist can carefully mold and sculpt the composite resin to give your teeth a more pleasing and harmonious appearance.
Whitening discolored teeth: Composite bonding can effectively mask the discoloration of teeth. Whether your teeth are yellow due to age, genetics, or lifestyle factors like smoking or consuming certain foods and beverages, the dentist can apply a colour-matched composite resin to cover the stains and give your teeth a brighter, whiter appearance.
Correcting minor misalignments: While composite bonding cannot substitute for orthodontic treatment in cases of severe misalignment, it can help correct minor cosmetic issues. If you have slightly crooked or overlapping teeth, the dentist can use composite resin to reshape and recontour the teeth, making them appear straighter.
Restoring worn-down teeth: If your teeth are worn down due to bruxism (teeth grinding) or other factors, composite bonding can be used to rebuild and restore their shape and size. The composite resin material adds structure to the worn-down teeth, improving their functionality and aesthetics
Do You Want to Enhance Your Smile?
Composite bonding is a minimally invasive and relatively affordable cosmetic dental procedure. It can typically be completed in one visit to the dentist, and the results can be long-lasting with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care. However, it's important to note that composite bonding is susceptible to staining and may require periodic touch-ups or replacement over time.
Unfortunately, composite bonding is not ideal for serious dental issues such as severely misaligned teeth, underbites, overbites, and fractured teeth. Your dentist can discuss the alternative options that you can use to restore your smile, such as dental crowns or braces to straighten your teeth. To determine if composite bonding contact us today to book your consultation.