Dental Procedures

 

Bonding (Direct Veneering)

Interested in improving your smile? Composite bonding offers a simple method of restoring your smile to its original beauty. Your dentist can actually enhance your smile with bonding (a form of cosmetic dentistry) for a wide variety of restorative applications.  Composite bonding is one of the most conservative, versatile and affordable ways to aesthetically restore a multitude of dental cases.

 

Composite Bonding Can Help With ...

  • Reshaping crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Restoring chipped or fractured teeth
  • Improving or changing the color of permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Closing diastemas (spaces between the teeth)
  • Repairing root abrasion

 

Advantages of Composite Bonding

Appearance - The most obvious advantage is esthetics. Available in a variety of colors and special shades, composite bonding can be made to look as natural and pleasing as your own tooth.

Strength - Composite bonding, although not as strong as "silver fillings," produces a filling that supports a tooth, making it less likely to break. Unlike "silver fillings" that depend on undercuts to hold them in place, composite bonding adheres to the tooth itself.

Tooth Conservation - In composite bonding only a small amount of natural tooth structure, if any, is removed.

Reduced Anesthesia Required - Bonding usually does not require anesthesia unless decay is present. Your teeth can be restored with little or no discomfort.

Reduced Time - Composite bonding is fast. The results are immediate. It can usually be completed in one appointment.

Economics - By performing bonding (which is less expensive than full crown or veneers) you save on dental bills over the long term.

 

Procedure

Bonding (direct veneering) is done in the dental office using a plastic material made of composite resin. Composite resin comes in many different shades to closely match the color of the natural tooth.

The first step is to remove any decay (if present).  Then the tooth is etched with a mild acidic solution.  This roughens the enamel surface and allows the bonding material to adhere. A shade of filling material is chosen that matches your natural tooth. This tooth-colored bonding resin is shaped to match the contour of your natural tooth. The composite is placed on the tooth in layers where each layer is cured (hardened) by using a bright light. Once it has hardened completely, the composite resin is shaped and polished to give the tooth a natural smooth look.

 

Durability

Bonding do not last as long as porcelain. A drawback of direct bonding is if the seal between the tooth and composite is not perfect and there is a possibility of getting decay. Habits such as nail biting or chewing on hard objects could damage veneers. It is also important to avoid staining foods and beverages such as blueberries, cherries, coffee, tea and red wine to prevent the plastic resin material from becoming discolored. Although not as strong as crowns or veneers, with proper care a bonded restoration may last five years or more before requiring touch up or replacement. Your dentist will monitor this during your routine checkups.