Your teeth are a major component of your smile, which is often one of the very first things that people notice about you. Any imperfection in your teeth, no matter how minor, can seriously diminish the beauty of your smile, and affect your confidence. Even minor imperfections in your teeth don't usually go unnoticed and can send the wrong message to those around you. What's more, you may try to hide your smile, which can also speak volumes and give others the wrong impression. Minor imperfections can be fixed. At Crossroads Family Dental, we can restore minor issues in your smile with composite bonding.
What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a type of restoration that is used to fix minor flaws in your teeth. It is a composite resin material that is made from fine glass, resin, and other materials. The material is easily molded to fit a variety of needs. It also matches the color of your natural teeth. After it has been placed and cured, no one will ever be able to tell that there was ever an imperfection in your smile.
Composite bonding is used to fix some different minor dental issues:
• Small chips and cracks that only affect the enamel layer of your teeth.
• Gaps between your teeth.
• Small or misshapen teeth (for example, peg teeth).
• Discoloration (bonding can be used when teeth whitening is not effective for restoring the color of your teeth).
• Root exposure. If the roots of your teeth have become exposed due to the recession, composite bonding can be used to cover those roots.
How is composite bonding done?
Composite bonding is a simple, quick procedure that can be done in a single visit. In most cases, it takes less than an hour. It is also completely pain-free and typically does not require a local anesthetic. The damaged area or area to be improved is roughened and cleaned. A dental adhesive is used to bond the composite resin to the tooth. It is then cured (hardened) using a special light before being polished to a beautiful, natural finish.
Does composite bonding require special care?
Bonding does not require much additional care other than your regular oral hygiene routine. It is important to continue to brush twice a day, floss daily, and maintain regular dental cleanings and exams. Composite bonding is not as strong as your natural tooth structure and can be chipped by biting down on something hard, such as popcorn kernels, ice, or your fingernails. To avoid this issue, be sure to take care when biting and chewing certain
foods as instructed by your team at Crossroads Family Dental.
What are the benefits of composite bonding?
Composite bonding offers several benefits:
• The procedure is quick and can be completed in a single visit.
• There is typically no need for local anesthetic.
• It is more conservative for minor flaws and is more affordable. Bonding is less of an investment than other restorative options for damaged teeth such as dental crowns or veneers.
• Your smile is restored, which, in turn, helps to restore your confidence.
Even minor flaws in your teeth can have a major impact on your smile, as well as your confidence. Composite bonding is a quick, simple procedure that can give you back your smile, allowing you to leave the impression you want. For more information, and to find out if composite bonding is right for you, call Crossroads Family Dental at 219-865-4095 today.