Tooth-colored filling materials, sometimes referred to as composite bonding, can be used to provide structural or cosmetic enhancements to the front teeth. Composite bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to improve a wide range of imperfections regarding your smile.
In order to accomplish this procedure, your Walnut Creek CA dentist will “bond” the tooth colored resin materials directly bonded to the tooth surface. The exact shade of the bonding material will be selected to match the existing shade of your teeth. Specially formulated dental adhesives and an ultraviolet curing light are used to harden the filling material and secure it to the tooth. After the resin has been cured (or hardened) it can be shaped and polished to reveal a glossy natural finish.
Once in place, your bonded teeth will be stable enough to tolerate normal eating and drinking, though you’ll need to avoid potentially harmful habits such as nail-biting or chewing on hard objects.
Composite bonding is typically used for cosmetic restorations on front teeth. Some examples include:
- The improvement in the color or texture of the teeth
- To fill in gaps or close spaces between the teeth
- To create a different shape or lengthen the appearance of a tooth
- To repair chips and cracks in front teeth
Dental bonding is an effective and desirable solution to many cosmetic dental challenges, though the procedure is not without some limitations. It is less costly than porcelain veneers and the treatment is generally conservative, requiring minimal if any tooth removal. In fact, some composite bonding procedures can be performed without the need for anesthesia.
However, composite bonding generally needs to be replaced more frequently than the more durable porcelain restorations because it isn’t as strong as porcelain and also less resistant to stain. The characteristics and quality of dental materials continues to improve, making today’s bonding procedures far superior to similar procedures performed even 5 years ago.
To find out if composite bonding is right for you, we encourage you to call and schedule your personalized consultation today.