Bonding

Composite bonding is a popular method to enhance the beauty of your smile. Composite bonding can be used to fix the contours of fractured front teeth or to correct large spacing between front teeth.  It can also be used as a filling material after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains on discolored teeth.

The most common need is as a filling material following cavity removal.  After the composite has been applied, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the composite, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.

Composite bonding is an obvious cosmetic improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental concerns. It is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures done today.

Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed.

Due to some of the limitations, some dentists believe it to be used for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (such as, front teeth).

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?

 

    • Advantages:
      It is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a lab, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a cavity, anesthesia is usually not required.

 

  • Disadvantages:
    Although the material used is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.

Dental Bonding Before and After