Composite Bonding Explained: Your Step To A Healthier Smile

We all want that healthy, long-lasting smile, although for a lot of us, we just weren’t blessed with perfect white straight teeth. A lot of people are now choosing composite bonding. This procedure will give you instant pearly white teeth that last!

Composite bonding is the method of applying a flexible material to bond a damaged tooth. The material then hardens and protects the tooth. The smile experts realise that although this procedure has the qualities of cosmetics, it will infact improve the entire look of the teeth and repair them entirely.

This procedure utilises the composite resin that tends to be used for different cosmetic and structural procedures. It is almost similar to a sculptor’s clay and other various dental bonding materials. Through this process the dentist will be able to restore broken and chipped teeth by filling in the gaps. This way he can successfully recolour and reshape your entire smile.

Composite Bonding Explained: Your Step To A Healthier Smile

Composite bonding tends to only require one trip to the dentist. The bond will be applied there and then as the resin, there are several different types of resin that are used depending on the individuals needs.

Applying a resin layer is an intricate skill. It needs to be applied in such a way that it fits directly to the shape of the tooth, it will be a very gradually process. As it is applied, it tends to harden under curing light, so in many situations it will not require a local anaesthetic.

Your dentist will apply the cosmetic bonding to the tooth if it is chipped, cracked or discoloured. This type of bonding can used to fill even the smallest of cavities between teeth. Most fillings are black however, a white solution can be used that will colour match to the rest of the teeth. This process can really improve your smile as well as preventing any future tooth decay.

If this procedure needs a local anesthesia, dentists will first numb the area by injecting an anesthetic into the gum area of the tooth. The surface of the tooth where the composite will be applied is cleaned thoroughly to remove any debris, all composite requires a clean surface to bond with. Once the dentist has selecting the right shade of composite, the tooth is kept dry by a latex sheet or even cotton rolls. The tooth is then moulded and roughened by using special tools.

The tooth surface will then be etched with a special phosphoric acid based gel, this will provide a good and strong surface for the composite to attach to. The bonding agent is applied to the etched surface, then the special light source will activate the service to set and harden. The composite is also applied to the tooth in different thin layers until proper shape and texture is achieved. Finally the composite is polished to acquire the desired shape.

In order to maintain the results from this method, it is necessary to continue with excellent oral hygiene.  By looking after your teeth and flossing and brushing regularly, composite bonding will remain strong and you’ll never have to go through the procedure again.