Composite Bonding is the application of composite resin material to the existing tooth. Bonding is used for filling cavities, masking discolored teeth, whitening, repairing fractures, and making cosmetic improvements to the natural tooth usually in one appointment.
How is Composite Resin Bonding Done?
Cosmetic tooth bonding uses of the composite resin to fix chipped, cracked, spaced, or uneven teeth. The resin is applied to the etched natural tooth to achieve the desired esthetic effect. Very little natural tooth reduction is necessary and usually no anesthesia is needed.
Am I a Candidate for Composite Resin Bonding?
Strong candidates for tooth bonding are those who have white or brown spots or staining due to excessive wear or silver fillings, are not heavy smokers or coffee drinkers, and those who want a less invasive, cost-effective option.
Maintaining Bonded Teeth
Bonded teeth last 5-8 years or longer and require professional finishing once every few years. Tips for maintaining your bonded teeth include using a nightguard, refrain from smoking, have your teeth cleaned three or four times a year, avoid chewing ice or biting fingernails, and minimize your consumption of stain-causing food and drink.
Avoid chewing ice and biting your ﬁngernails. A nightguard might be made to help protect your crowns from fracture, especially if you clench or grind your teeth.