Composite bonding can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated, and your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile.
The dentist will match the shade of your existing teeth and then tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the tooth much like the filling procedure.
The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding because an adhesive agent is used to actually bond the resin to the tooth structure.
The resin is hardened (cured) with a curing light and then shaped, contoured, and polished to give a cosmetic and natural appearance. Bonding is the least expensive cosmetic procedure and can be completed during a single dental visit.
Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth -- spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice.
Like other treatments, such as dental veneers and teeth whitening, dental bonding results don’t last forever.
Dental bonding is a great option to fix minor imperfections and concerns with your teeth because they are less expensive. Dental bonding is a relatively cheaper option compared to options like dental veneers to fix the shape of your teeth. However, because veneers typically last 10 to 30 years, you may save more money in the long-term.
One of the big differences is that dental veneers are stain resistant, while the resin used for dental bonding will darken. If you’re concerned about discoloration, you may consider veneers or teeth whitening procedures in the future.
Dental bonding typically lasts for three to 10 years before requiring a touch up. It is generally recommended for teeth that don’t have as much biting force since dental bonding results aren’t as long lasting as other procedures. If you apply dental bonding to your front teeth, the results may not last as long.
Like many dental procedures, the results of dental bonding treatment aren’t permanent. You can expect to book a touch up appointment around three to 10 years after your first appointment.
The time frame can vary based on individual patients, their lifestyle, and their oral hygiene habits. The better you take care of your teeth and are careful with what you eat, the longer your results will last. While dental bonding isn’t a permanent treatment, it’s a great long-lasting solution for minor imperfections like chipped teeth, small gaps, and discoloration.
This depends on your situation. Many dentists typically recommend dental bonding for minor imperfections because they are a cheaper way to target issues like gaps and discoloration. Your dentist will use resin that matches the color and texture of your teeth.
Dental veneers are more expensive, but the results are more long-lasting than dental bonding. If you’re concerned about issues like teeth stains and discoloration, it’s best to have dental veneers because the materials are stain resistant. Bonding will eventually darken over time. Veneers are especially great for stains that can’t be targeted with teeth whitening treatments.
However, for chipped teeth and or gaps between your teeth, dental bonding may be a better option. Bonding can also be used to fill cavities, while veneers are not as often used. Regardless of what option you choose, it’s best to consult with a professional to consider if you’re a suitable candidate and if the treatment gives you the results you want.
Cosmetic bonding uses resin to coat the surface of your tooth. Your dentist will first roughen the surface of your tooth before applying a liquid that allows the bonding agent to stick. They’ll choose a resin composite that matches the color, translucency, and texture of your teeth. The resin is polished and shaped after it hardens to give you the desired look you want.