composite bonding 101

Composite Bonding 101

There may be even more cosmetic dentistry options for improving the look of your teeth than you realize. Our dental office offers composite bonding in Davie, which applies tooth-colored composites to your teeth. The compounds are then hardened using a curing light.

Bonding is for small and short-term cosmetic issues that don’t affect the teeth that face the highest bite pressure. Your front teeth are ideal for composite bonding to perfect minor flaws because of how prominent they are and because they’re subject to lower bite pressure.

What does bonding achieve?

Composite resin compounds used in dental bonding are like the composites used to create “white” or tooth-coloured fillings to treat cavities. When used as a filling, the compounds replace tooth structure lost to tooth decay or preventative treatment. The same compounds in the form of the bonding material are idea for:

  • Shielding exposed roots caused by receded gums
  • Changing the colour of discoloured teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Changing the shape of one or more teeth

What is the process for composite bonding in Davie?

Your dentist in Davie will roughen the surface of your teeth by applying a conditioning liquid to help the composites grip your teeth. If your dentist is going to reshape your tooth using a drill or if the chip being filled is close to a nerve, your dentist may use anesthesia during this stage.
Once the preparation step is complete, you and your dentist choose the resin compound’s color to be used by selecting from a shade guide. The goal is to have the compound blend naturally and seamlessly with your natural tooth enamel. Your dentist will then apply the resin composites where required to achieve the needed repair, mold, and smoothen it into the desired shape.

After the putty has been placed and shaped precisely, the composite bonding process is finished by exposing the resin to blue light or lasers to harden the compounds and bond them to your tooth. Your dentist will perfect the shape and finish of the new surface once it has been hardened and cured, then will polish it to match your other teeth.
Each tooth being bonded usually takes about half an hour to complete the whole process.

The advantages of composite bonding

  • Bonding is the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dentistry technique
  • The cost of bonding is comparable to that of getting a filling, and often just one-third the price of veneers
  • We provide composite bonding in Daviewhich can usually be accomplished in just one appointment, unlike veneers and some crowns
  • The bonding process requires the removal of less natural enamel than being fitted with a veneer or crown
  • Bonded teeth can remain in their improved condition for several years with proper attention to maintaining them
  • You can protect bonded teeth from chips by wearing a nightguard while you sleep

The disadvantages of composite bonding

  • Composite bonding is more vulnerable to stains than crowns
  • Bonding compounds are particularly susceptible to staining caused by smoking
  • Composite bonding materials can not be whitened by DIY or professional whitening compounds, so most dentists recommend you have all your teeth whitened first, then choose resin to blend with your teeth at their cleanest
  • Bonding materials are not as durable as crowns, fillings, or veneers
  • Bonding compounds can chip from and even break off your teeth.

Our office provides composite bonding in Davie to solve small, minor, short-term cosmetic issues quickly, simply, and effectively. After carefully reviewing the condition of your teeth and your cosmetic goals, a dentist near you will explain the pros and cons of composite bonding compared to the other items on the lengthy cosmetic dentistry menu.

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