Composite bonding is an effective, safe, and natural-looking way to correct moderate imperfections in teeth. It has become extremely popular due to its ease and cost effectiveness. Patients who have chipped, cracked, decayed, or discolored teeth may benefit from cosmetic dental bondings.
One of the number one reasons patients seek cosmetic bonding is to improve the appearance of the teeth. It can also be used to help eliminate small gaps between teeth or to alter the shape of a tooth. Bonding may also be used as an alternative to fillings, or used to protect a tooth root that has been exposed due to gum recession.
Cosmetic bonding is done in our office in Cary or our office in Cornelius in a single visit. We match the color of the bonding to your teeth for seamless restoration. To begin the process, the dentist will prepare the surface of the tooth and then cover it with a specialized liquid that allows the bonding to adhere properly. Once this is complete, the composite resin can be applied to the tooth. The dentist will mold the substance until it is the desired size and shape. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the bonding.
Once the material has sufficiently hardened, the dentist can go back and trim it further to the perfect fit. The final step is polishing to transform the bonding to the same pearly sheen as your teeth.
The entire composite bonding process can usually be completed in less than an hour. It is important to note that your bonding is susceptible to staining. To avoid this, try to minimize exposure to stain causing foods and beverages and brush your teeth regularly.
Composite bondings are not as strong as natural tooth enamel. Habits such as chewing on ice or biting fingernails can potentially cause them to chip. With proper care, your bonding can last for several years.
At Holistic Dental Centers, we provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry solutions that can enhance the appearance of your smile. If you have teeth that are discolored, broken, damaged, or missing, call us today to learn more about the services we offer.