Most people won’t consider thinking of a composite resin bonding as an alternative to amalgam fillings. But, then again, most people don’t know that the procedure is fast, minimally invasive and as far as cosmetic dental treatments are considered, inexpensive.
What Is Composite Bonding?
Dental bonding is a technique where the dentists shape and mold a certain type of dental material on your teeth to give it a better appearance. As a result, your teeth will look straighter, whiter and generally better because the procedure also helps take care of any chips and cracks on your teeth.
In composite bonding, the dental material used is what’s known as composite resin.
The procedure, as mentioned, is a viable solution for chipped teeth, gaps in between teeth and even staining, and more importantly, fillings. Also, unlike in porcelain veneers where the procedure takes more than two visits, composite resin bonding will require no longer than one afternoon in the dentist’s office.
What To Expect
Composite bonding is a safe and effective technique that was first developed half a century ago and has been used extensively since.
The procedure is relatively fast and easy, and the process is very efficient, making it an ideal solution that not only benefits patients, but also the dentists as well.
The treatment starts with the dentist removing some of the tooth’s surface enamel to help shape the composite resin to your teeth. The dentist then applies the bonding agent and the composite resin soon after. The composite resin is then cured using a special list and polished to give it a more finished look.
While the procedure is safe and effective, it involves a high level of technique and as such, not all dentists offer such services. Also, among those that do, it is best to choose a dentist who’s had extensive training and experience in the procedure.
Is It Right For You?
If you have chipped or cracked teeth, as well as tooth gaps and even bite problems, chances are, composite bonding is perfect for you.
Composite bonding is best for those who’re looking for ways to improve the look of their otherwise healthy teeth. Although, the procedure still does have certain functional uses and benefits in many cases.
For those with an overbite or underbite, composite bonding is not exactly the right solution. It would be better to discuss with your dentist what your treatment options are in such cases.
The truth is, composite bonding doesn’t require any special attention. That is, as long as you take proper care of your teeth and gums by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and of course, going to the dentist every six or so months for checkups and professional cleanings.
One thing to take note of when it comes to composite bonding is that you may want to avoid chewing on hard foods regularly, such as ice, to prevent them from cracking. Also, if you’re suffering from bruxism and tend to clench your teeth, especially when asleep, you may want to ask your dentist about wearing a night guard.
Be sure to visit your dentist today and get to know more about composite resin bonding.
Who knows, you may be the next to benefit from the brighter smile that composite resin bending is all but assured to give you!
If you are interested in improving your smile with composite resin bonding, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.davidluntdds.com for additional information regarding composite bonding.