What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is a technique used to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Using tooth-coloured filling material, we can change the overall colour and shape of your teeth according to your aesthetic preferences. Patients commonly choose bonding for the following reasons:
- To make the colour of their teeth more uniform
- To conceal spots, non-removable stain, and other irregularities
- To provide a uniform texture to their teeth and cover rough and/or sharp contours
- To close gaps or spaces between front teeth
- To provide an even or flat incisal edge to chipped or worn front teeth
- A cost-effective means to improving your smile
- Covered by majority of insurance plans
- Can be completed in a single appointment
- Composite bonding is a very comfortable procedure
Composite Bonding Before and After
At your appointment, we first address your aesthetic concerns to arrive at your ideal tooth shade and shape. In some cases, preliminary shaping or preparation of rough areas may be required. Additionally, large or excessively dark areas may need to be removed prior to bonding. Once the surface and edges of each tooth are prepared for bonding, a dental adhesive is applied and the pre-selected shade of tooth-coloured material is applied to the tooth and shaped accordingly. The composite filling material is then cured and hardened and it is now ready for final sculpting and polishing.
All bonded surfaces are initially overbuilt to allow for trimming back, shaping and adjustment. This process is completed gradually and we will frequently have the patient check in the mirror to provide feedback along the way. Incisal edges are flattened and corners rounded according to patient preference but with guidance from the Dentist. Once you are satisfied with the shape and shade of your teeth, we will polish the bonded surfaces to achieve a glossy, smooth and uniform surface. You can expect the finished product to look brighter and more smooth and regular in shape compared to your natural tooth/teeth.
Bonding is the most cost-effective method for aesthetic restoration of teeth. Other options include porcelain veneers and crowns. An assessment of your bite as well as other factors will enable us to recommend the best treatment option for you. Contact us at Enamel Republic to book a free consult appointment today!
Composite Bonding to Close Gaps
Bonding can be used to close gaps between front teeth. When the gaps are fairly small in size, this technique is a cost-effective way to develop contacts between your front teeth. In cases where the gaps are larger, there is increased risk of the bonding breaking and chipping over time. In these instances, orthodontic treatment with traditional braces or Invisalign are typically more suitable options for eliminating gaps.
Composite Bonding for Gum Recession
Bonding can be used to cover exposed tooth roots following gum recession. This is usually an elective procedure chosen by patients when they find exposed yellow roots unsightly or when the exposed root surfaces are very sensitive to temperature extremes (commonly cold temperatures). Bonding composite over the roots can brighten their appearance while insulating them against cold foods and beverages.
Composite Bonding Vs Veneers
Composite bonding and veneers are both excellent techniques for improving the shape and brightness of your teeth. Here is a short summary of differences between these 2 techniques:
- Composite bonding is more cost effective compared to veneers
- Composite bonding can be completed in a single appointment (veneers typically require at least 2 separate appointments including tooth preparation and impressions
- Composite bonding is more likely to chip and break down compared to porcelain veneers (although veneers do sometimes require replacement)
- Neither composite bonding nor veneers can be whitened after placement (so consider whitening your teeth first and then matching bonding or veneers to neighboring teeth after for best results!)