No one has perfect teeth. Luckily, there are many dental procedures, such as Composite bonding, that are designed to improve the way your teeth look and function.
Composite bonding is a cosmetic treatment where a dental material (composite resin) is shaped and moulded on your teeth to give the appearance of a straighter, whiter smile. It can be used as a cosmetic solution to chipped and/or gapped teeth, and staining in both teeth and fillings. Unlike porcelain veneer placement, which can take more than two visits, composite resin bonding can be completed in one appointment.
The treatment of moulding composite bonding to your teeth starts with selecting a shade of resin that closely matches the natural shade of your teeth. The process of bonding a toot begins with the removal of some surface of the outer enamel. Roughing up the surface of the tooth helps the material get a better grip. When the tooth has been prepared, a bonding agent is applied. Our dentist will then add the composite resin, shape and mould it to your tooth, before curing it with an ultraviolent light or laser. Once hardened, the bonded tooth is polished so that it has the same appearance as the rest of the tooth being treated.
The bonding process is usually completed in a single visit to Sonria. It is a relatively inexpensive, long-lasting alternative to veneers, which, too, can change and improve the appearance of your teeth. In many cases, the process of bonding does not require anaesthetic.
Please note: composite bonding is not for everyone. Bonding is primarily for those who seek a cosmetic solution for teeth that are otherwise healthy. So, if you have an over- or underbite, which may be giving you a crooked smile, composite boding will not be beneficial. Instead, speak with one of our dentists to determine if more in-depth work, such as orthodontics, is needed.
Top tips for caring for bonded teeth:
- As bonding material can stain, we advise patients to avoid foods and teeth that discolour teeth.
- Use toothpaste that removes surface stains.
- Floss daily.
- Visit Sonria on a regular basis for a check-up and hygiene appointment.
- Avoid habits or activities that can potentially damage the bonded tooth as the material can break or fracture.
- Wear a mouth guard when you play contact sports – not just to protect the bonded tooth but all your teeth.