Composite resin bonding is a fast, minimally invasive, and often affordable option to help you or your child get the smile that you want. Knowing if you are the right person for a composite restoration will help you decide if this is the right treatment plan for you.
Composite restorations are cosmetic techniques where a certain dental material – in particular, composite resin – is molded and shaped onto your tooth to help restore it to a straighter, whiter appearance. It can help with chipped teeth, gaps in your teeth, with discoloration, and for fillings.
Composite resin bonding is not the right choice for everybody. For example, if you don’t have a straight smile because of an overbite or underbite, then composite restoration is not going to fix this for you. Bonding is mostly a cosmetic choice for the people whose teeth are already fairly healthy. It can be used to fill cavities, however. It is designed to look and function like a natural tooth.
Composite bonding is a very safe technique invented more than half a century ago and has been used for more than thirty years according to the ADA. The processes and fillings that happen today are quite efficient, which makes it easy for your dentist and for you.
The treatment will begin with removing some of the enamel from your teeth, which will then let the dentist begin shaping the composite resin onto your teeth. This is followed by applying the bonding agent. The dentist will put on the composite resin after, harden with an ultraviolet light, and then finish off by giving your teeth a good polish.
You’re going to want to keep up with your regular dental exams and cleanings. You’ll also want to keep brushing and flossing your teeth like normal. Try and avoid chomping down on foods that are particularly hard to prevent your composite restoration from cracking.
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