What is Composite Bonding?
Bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that helps to fill chips, gaps, or fractures between your teeth and is very different from veneers. Composite bonding is the most modern method of cosmetic teeth bonding to restore your teeth, providing a naturally pristine finish to your already natural teeth.
The main difference with composite bonding is the procedure involves building up the existing tooth structure that has been lost due to damage or decay. This method of bonding involves the matching of tooth-coloured resin to your own tooth’s natural shape to reshape the teeth and improve their colour, providing an overall perfected smile. Your dentist will attach composite resin to your tooth and reshape it, allowing it to blend with the rest of your teeth. The resin is matched to the colour of your teeth, ensuring a natural finish.
What are Composite Bonding used to treat?
Composite bonding is usually used to treat minor imperfections in a client’s tooth structure in a cosmetic manner. Examples of minor imperfections can include small and large gaps between teeth and badly broken-down teeth which can very easily be filled and built back up using the composite bonding method. Other common issues that can be concealed with composite bonding include, cracked and chipped teeth and severely discoloured teeth. Many patients who suffer from cosmetic insecurities when it comes to their smile, see immediate results with composite bonding.
Do I need Composite Bonding?
Fortunately for patients seeking composite bonding to conceal imperfections with their smile, there are numerous treatment options available. Here at Frederick Dental Clinic Dublin 1, we pride ourselves on providing the leading composite bonding in Dublin, ensuring that we provide detailed treatment plans and treatment options for all patients.
Unlike other cosmetic treatments such as veneers and crowns, composite bonding is quick and produces immediate results, that only requires a single visit. Most dentists will require the client’s teeth to be as healthy as possible before the composite bonding treatment which can be achieved through house hygienic treatment before bonding.
For severely misaligned teeth, our dental team will recommend an orthodontic consultation before the composite procedure.
Types of Composite Bonding
There are three common versions of dental bonding available to patients, resulting in similar results.
Direct dental bonding is the most common form of composite bonding as it achieves immediate results after just one visit. The process involved with direct dental bonding includes the cleaning of teeth using an etching solution to roughen the tooth’s exterior. This is done to roughen the tooth’s exterior to achieve stronger adhesion during the composite bonding process. Then, the composite is applied in layers and will be moulded appropriately by the dentist and then polished for completion.
This process is a similar restoration method to dental crowns. This method is recommended where it is deemed there is severe damage to a tooth that cannot be fixed with dental bonding. During this process, the dentist takes a specific impression of the patient’s tooth and sends it to a specialized lab where restorations are made. After approximately two weeks, the customized restoration is sent back to be applied, completing the entire process in the second appointment.
Composite veneers are a popular option due to their affordability. Veneers serve as a mask for damaged or decayed teeth and can completely transform a person’s smile. Composite veneers are developed similarly to indirect composite bonding as they are created in a specified dental lab from an impression of the client’s teeth. Composite veneers are cemented to the patient’s teeth to complete the composite veneer treatment.
Who is suitable for Composite Bonding
01. Perfect for minor cosmetic Issues
Almost anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their smile can benefit from composite bonding. The treatment is ideal for patients who have minor cosmetic concerns such as small cracks, chips, or gaps in their teeth.
Composite bonding may not be suitable for patients who have major structural issues with their teeth or extensive damage. In these cases, more invasive procedures such as crowns or veneers may be necessary.
02. Surprisingly Versatile
Composite bonding can be used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic dental concerns, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Worn-down teeth
It can also be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings. If you have an old silver filling that you would like to replace with a more aesthetically pleasing option, composite bonding may be right for you.
Our dentist here at Frederick Dental Clinic Dublin 1 will first select a resin that matches the colour of your teeth, ensuring that you chose the colour that you are happy with. Your dentist will use a specific shade guide to select the composite resin which best matches.
Then, the dentist will prepare the tooth for treatment by gently roughening the surface, there are some cases where this is not necessary. They will then coat your tooth with the liquid that ensures the resin will set effectively. The dentist will apply the resin and mould it to the desired shape. Finally, the dentist will harden the surface with a UV light before reshaping the resin until it matches your teeth and looks natural.
Recently got braces at Frederick Dental Clinic and have seen instant results. Peter and Sandra are very professional and welcoming. They've put my fear of going to the dentist in the past. Couldn't recommend enough.
September 29, 2012
Advantages of Composite Bonding
There are many advantages of composite bonding over other treatments
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