Composite bonding, also called tooth bonding, is the process of using a tooth-colored resin to repair teeth or mask imperfections. Composite bonding can make teeth appear straighter, longer, and whiter, and it can fill minor gaps between teeth.
The Composite Bonding Process
Composite bonding involves these steps:
- Gentle abrasion of existing enamel, to prepare the tooth for application of resin
- Application of resin layers
- Curing of resin, with a high-intensity light (this step is repeated as each layer of resin is applied)
- Final shaping
Simple changes to one tooth or a few teeth can usually be completed in a single appointment.
An Alternative to Traditional Tooth Whitening
Tooth whitening is effective for teeth that have superficial (extrinsic) discoloration, but intrinsic discoloration caused by tooth decay or certain medications cannot be reversed.
When patients have intrinsic discoloration and want a whiter smile, we first make sure the teeth are healthy enough to support a cosmetic procedure. We may then be able to use composite bonding or porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration.
Why Experience is Important
Applying resin to teeth is relatively simple compared to more extensive dental procedures, but it also requires a thorough understanding of technique. It is also somewhat of an art form – a dentist is essentially sculpting a tooth and must have good judgment about what looks natural.
MW Dentistry & Esthetics has years of experience with composite bonding, and we stay up-to-date with the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry. If you want to change your smile, we can help you. Contact us today.