What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding, also known as dental bonding, is among the simplest of cosmetic dental procedures. Your dentist will use a durable plastic resin to fill a crack, gap, or other imperfection in your teeth. We’ll then use a bright ultraviolet light to harden and “bond” the material. It’s a relatively simple procedure that has many practical and aesthetic benefits.
Why You Should Consider Dental Bonding
Bonding is a simple way to fix a number of dental imperfections in one’s teeth. It can correct discolorations, cracks, and even small amounts of decay such as cavities. It’s also a good option for smaller cosmetic changes you may want to make. For example, composite bonding can close a gap in your teeth, fix minor alignment issues, or change the length of your tooth.
How Bonding Works
Once approved by your dentist, dental bonding is an uncomplicated and quick process. Our dentist can bond your tooth in a few easy steps:
- We’ll match the color of your teeth with a guide to make sure the composite resin matches the color of your natural teeth.
- The tooth will be roughened, and then a conditioning liquid will be applied to the tooth. This allows the resin to stick to it.
- We’ll then mold or shape the resin as needed to fix whatever the issue may be.
- Ultraviolet light will be applied to the composite to harden and set it.
Pros and Cons of Bonding
- Dental bonding is a simple, painless, and risk-free process!
- It’s quick! We can complete the procedure in 30-60 minutes, and since no anesthesia is needed, you can go about your day as normal when it’s finished.
- It’s relatively cheap! You can expect to pay about $300-600 per tooth for bonding, depending on your insurance.
- Minimal tooth enamel is removed when compared with other similar procedures, leaving the original tooth relatively intact and whole.
- The resin used in composite bonding will stain more easily than the materials used in crowns or veneers. This may be a problem for smokers and habitual drinkers of coffee, tea, wine, and similar beverages.
- The composite is less durable than the finish that other procedures may be able to provide. Even with proper maintenance, they are not expected to have the robustness and longevity of veneers.
Maintaining Your Enhanced Smile
The maintenance of dental bonding is fairly simple. If you follow general good hygiene guidelines, you can prolong the life of your bond and get its maximum expectancy. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and scheduling regular dental check-ups at Luck Dental Clinic.
Refrain from any habits that can stain or put unnecessary pressure on the teeth in question, and make sure to tell your dentist if you notice any rough edges.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bonding
Don’t panic! If necessary, further changes can be made after the resin is bonded to the tooth to correct any remaining issues.
Unfortunately, that is not a guarantee. If you’re interested we recommend that you check with your insurance company before proceeding, as some companies consider it a cosmetic procedure and may not cover the cost.
Yes, it can! We can strategically add resin to hide and mask misaligned teeth, creating that straight smile. It’s important to note however that this can only be used on minor positioning issues, and if any major realignment is needed you should consult an orthodontist.
Typically, bonding only requires one session. Unless extensive work is being done, the appointment should be a single visit lasting around an hour tops. This makes it much better than the multiple visits required for a procedure like veneers.