Bonding is a common solution for:
•Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
•Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
•Hiding discolouration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface
Often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite resin is bonded to an existing tooth. Initially, the dentist prepares the tooth by lightly etching the surface. After the bonding liquid sets, the resin is applied. The resin is then smoothed, trimmed and shaped to create a natural appearance.
Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
Composite bonding has many advantages:
•It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
•It can be completed in one office visit.
•It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
•Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural colour of your teeth.
•Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.
Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco and red wine.