Dental Bonding and Composite Bonding

Composite Bonding is one of the easiest and least invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Bonding is a popular treatment option because it provides a successful attachment between the filling material and the tooth’s original enamel. It looks like the original tooth and functions like it as well.

Composite bonding is used in many different ways, but is most useful for repairing chipped teeth. Bonding materials (high-density, modern plastics called composite resin) and porcelain—are more natural in color and can be designed to perfectly match the surrounding teeth making it difficult to discern there ever was a broken tooth.

During the direct composite bonding procedure, we will use tooth-colored composites (white or natural-looking materials) to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth. The composite materials may also be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that show most prominently when you smile, for minimally invasive smile makeovers.

Is dental bonding right for me?

Dental bonding is excellent for repairing minor imperfections, and it can even be used on teeth that have experienced decay and moderate dental trauma. However, if one or more of your teeth have become weaker over time and need extra support, a dental crown or a bridge may be a better restorative option. If you’re not sure which treatment is right for your smile, our team would be happy to review your treatment plan during your consultation and offer a personalized recommendation.

Can I whiten my teeth after dental bonding?

Patients who whiten their teeth after undergoing dental bonding run the risk of making their bonded teeth look more noticeable, as our team always matches our bonding materials to the color of the patient’s teeth. If you are interested in whitening your smile, we highly recommend doing so before your bonding appointment so that your new restoration can be made to match your ideal shade of white. Should your bonding ever become noticeable against your teeth, we can always replace it as well.

How long does dental bonding last?

Bonding can last anywhere from a few years to ten years or longer. To keep your restorations and natural teeth in great shape, we recommend practicing great oral hygiene at home, attending routine dentist appointments, and refraining from doing things like using your teeth to open packages or chewing on ice or hard candy. Our team can let you know when we believe it is time to replace your bonding, and we would be happy to perform the treatment as well.

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