Modern dental techniques, materials and treatments give dental patients a lot more options when it comes to modify or changing their smile.
One treatment option in particular, a dental technique called bonding or direct tooth bonding, is able to be used for many cosmetic dental problems.
You don’t have to live with chips, cracks, stains or gaps in your teeth. If your situation allows you to choose dental bonding as a treatment option, then your dentist first prepares your tooth with an etching solution.
Next, special dental composite resin materials are carefully chosen to match the colour of your own teeth. These materials are applied to your teeth and shaped into just the right shape and contouring.
The composite resin shaped on your tooth is then harden with a curing light and bonded in place.
Teeth that have been bonded look very natural. For some people bonding can be an affordable and effective way to have your teeth cosmetically altered to get the smile you always wanted.
If you are interested in bonding, speak with your dentist to find out if dental bonding is right for you.
Composite resins, or tooth-coloured fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that only need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
When you have larger holes to fill in back teeth or weak teeth that need to be supported then porcelain is the material of choice.
No dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings.
It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-coloured fillings are chosen by patients more often than amalgam or gold fillings probably due to the cosmetic advantage they offer. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural colour of their teeth.