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A Patient’s Guide to Composite Bonding

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What is Composite Bonding?

Composite Bonding is among the easiest and least invasive of all cosmetic dental procedures. Bonding is the application of a tooth colored resin called composite to fix the shape or color of your tooth. Composite bonding can easily repair chips, fractures, decay and discolored teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require your dentist to remove a large amount of healthy tooth structure, composites can be applied in a single office visit with minimal tooth removal.

What are the Main Benefits of Composite?

  • Composite bonding is minimally invasive (minimal amount of healthy tooth reduction is required)
  • Immediate results - Composite bonding can often be accomplished in one office visit.
  • Easily repairable
  • Very natural in appearance
  • Quick and Painless

Am I a Candidate for Composite Bonding?

Most likely, Yes! You are a candidate for composite bonding if you have teeth that are chipped or broken; discolored or stained; crooked, rotated, or not the right length; have unattractive spaces between your teeth; or if you have bridge facings that are worn or broken.

Is Composite Bonding Painful?

Not at all. Bonding is painless and often performed without the use of an anesthetic since very little tooth removal is necessary.

Is Bonding a Radical Procedure?

No. Composite bonding is the most conservative dentistry available today. Unlike Porcelain veneers, composite involves a minimal amount of tooth reduction and in many cases, none at all.

Are Composites Natural Looking?

Yes. Composite bonding is arguably the most natural type of cosmetic dental restoration as long as it is being performed by a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has the practical skills required for intricate veneering and tooth sculpting. It is a good idea to ask your dentist to see before and after photographs of some of their previous cases to ensure that you are satisfied with their work.

Does Composite stain or discolor?

Renamel Microfill (Cosmedent) is the state-of-the-art bonding material which stains similarly to tooth structure. It is highly polishable and stain resistant. Any extrinsic stains which might occur can be removed by a routine dental cleaning.

Does a Bonded Tooth Require Extra Care?

There are few limitations. It is advisable to avoid biting into hard objects such as ice cubes and hard candy. Fingernail biting should also be avoided.

How Long Does Composite Last?

Longevity of your composite depends on many factors including, the materials used, the expertise of the dentist, and the patient’s care of the restored teeth. Current high quality bonding materials exhibit a ten to fifteen year life span, and in some cases even longer. Composites can easily be redone in a single office visit.

Is Composite Bonding Expensive?

Composite bonding is generally the least expensive of all cosmetic dental procedures. The amount of savings depends on the type of procedure to be performed.

How Much Time Does Composite Bonding Require?

Most bonding procedures can be completed in one visit resulting instantly in a beautiful smile. The length of the visit varies according to the procedure.

Who Should Consider Composite Bonding?

People of all ages can benefit by the cosmetic technique of bonding. Children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens can improve their smiles and appearance with composite.

Be sure to ask your dentist about how composite can benefit your smile.

 
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