One of the quickest and simplest ways to fix minor issues with your smile is through dental bonding. Dental bonding uses composite resin to fix teeth that are gapped, chipped, or stained. This resin can also be used for dental fillings. Dental bonding/composite fillings are natural-looking restoration options that are color-matched to perfectly blend in with your natural teeth. These dental restorations are quick, easy, and can be used for a wide array of different corrections.
How Dental Bonding/Composite Fillings Work
Dental bonding is very simple. The entire bonding process can be completed in a single appointment. To begin, we will apply an acidic compound to your teeth, which helps secure the resin. The resin is color-matched so it blends in with your tooth, making the restoration look as natural as possible. After the compound is applied and the resin color is selected, we will carefully use the material to repair cracks, cover stains, fill gaps, and restore chipped edges of your tooth. Once your tooth has been corrected and restored, we will harden the resin with a blue LED light.
Caring for Your Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can last between three and ten years before it will need to be touched up or replaced. Your bond should withstand the pressure of chewing and eating, however, it is important to understand that the material used in dental bonding is not as durable as that used for a crown or veneer. Nail-biting and hard foods such as raw carrots and ice can also chip your dental bonding. If your bonding chips, come see us right away to get it repaired. Bonding is also prone to staining. Things like coffee, wine, and tea can all stain or discolor your bond. If you are a smoker, we may advise that you choose a different cosmetic dental option. Frequent tobacco use can cause your bond to have a yellowish appearance.
Dental bonding with composite resin is a great way to fix any minor imperfections with your teeth. If you are unhappy with the appearance of one or more of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. To learn more about dental bonding, or to schedule a consultation, contact Postle Dental Group today!