When talking to everyday citizens about composite bonding, it is clear not much is known about what it actually is, and what it is capable of in the world of dentistry. The truth of the matter is composite bonding can give you a beautiful smile, be used to fill cavities, and fix other dental issues. Dental bonding is essentially the process of adhering a tooth-colored resin composite to repair decayed, damaged, short, misshapen, cracked, or discolored teeth and cavities. It really is a versatile procedure that can help boost your self-esteem and the overall functionality of your mouth. The most common reason people have for getting the composite bonding procedures are for cosmetic purposes. If you have ever wanted to change aspects about your smile but did not necessarily need anything drastic like a full set of dentures or braces, composite bonding could be an excellent choice to achieve the big, white, toothy smile everyone is aiming for. Despite how hard we try to achieve or maintain a perfect smile throughout our lives, accidents happen, and let’s face it, not everyone is born with a perfect smile. Very common ailments or embarrassments like tooth decay that leads to damaged teeth, chipped teeth, teeth with large spaces, gapped teeth, and short stubby teeth that result in a gummy smile can all be fixed with composite bonding!
Dental bonding procedures are done using two different methods: Direct composite bonding, and adhesive bonding. Direct composite requires dentists to use white colored resins to repair chips or cracks, fill cavities, strengthen worn-down edges, and close gaps between your teeth. The resin can be used directly to the surfaces of teeth that are the most visible if you’re wanting great results for something like a simple smile makeover. Every now and then you may hear this procedure being referred to as direct composite veneers, but please don’t let that confuse you, it is more commonly referred to as “bonding “because you can use composite bonding for a multitude of things, not just on veneers.
The other type of dental bonding, adhesive bonding, focuses more on tooth restoration. This procedure is commonly used for bridges, crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays. After you and your dentist have decided on a color that matches your natural teeth, they will abrade the surface of the tooth with an acid solution. Once they remove the roughing agent, a liquid bonding agent is used to apply the tooth-colored resin to the natural tooth where they mold it into the desired shape, then use an ultraviolet light to cure and harden the resin. Once the composite has dried, your dentist will polish your new teeth until it has the same luster and sheen as the rest of your new, beautiful smile.
Caring for newly bonded teeth require the same maintenance as your natural teeth, and it is always stressed that in order to maintain a healthy beautiful smile, practicing good oral habits consistently is crucial; you can’t have a beautiful smile with unhealthy teeth and gums. Brushing a minimum of twice a day, daily flossing and scheduling routine check-ups to your dentist will guarantee clean teeth and a healthy, beautiful smile!