Composite bonding or dental bonding is a process in which a tooth-coloured resin material is applied and hardened with a light. It ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth for improving or restoring an individuals’ smile. It is a great way to correct broken, cracked, misshapen or stained teeth. You need to visit your dentist only once for a composite bonding procedure. If you want to change the shape of more than one tooth, the dentist will create an impression of your desired teeth so that it blends in with the natural teeth. This dental treatment is used to improve the shape, colour and appearance of your teeth.
Composite bonding requires preparation in advance. Usually, anaesthesia is not needed unless the bonding is used to fill a cracked or damaged tooth. Your dental surgeon will use a guide to choose the colour for the composite resin so that it matches with your tooth colour. The tooth surface will be made rough and conditioning liquid will be applied on it. The process helps bonding material fix to the tooth. The coloured tooth is then applied, moulded, and smoothed to the exact shape of your natural teeth. A laser or an ultraviolet light helps to make the material stiff. After this, the dental surgeon will shape and polish it to match with the natural tooth surface. Dental bonding usually takes nearly 30 to 60 minutes to complete each tooth.
People of all age-group can benefit from this cosmetic treatment. This allows children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens to improve their appearance and smile.
If you have broken, cracked, crooked, discoloured, misshapen, stained and uneven teeth, then you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. Also, if you have gaps between the teeth or if your bridges are broken or worn, then you may go for composite bonding.
Composite bonding is a natural type of cosmetic dental restoration until it is done by a dental surgeon who specialises in cosmetic dentistry and possesses practical skills needed for tooth sculpting and complex veneering.
Try to avoid biting hard objects such as hard candy and ice cubes. Also, nail biting should be avoided for the time-being.
No, composite bonding is not painful. It is usually carried out without anaesthesia since little tooth removal is needed.
Composite bonding depends on several factors such as the dentist you have chosen, the materials used and the patient’s care of the restored teeth. The present top quality bonding materials usually last from ten to fifteen years, and in some cases even more.
Talk to our dentist to find out how composite bonding can be beneficial for your smile.