Dental Bonding and Veneering Are Ultra Conservative Cosmetic Restorations
The best use for bonding is to repair slightly chipped, discolored or misaligned front teeth that detract from a smile or affect normal function.
Bonding involves placing tooth colored composite material onto the tooth and shaping it to correct imperfections on the tooth’s facing surface.
The advantages of bonding is that it is relatively inexpensive and an ultra conservative way to restore a tooth. Bonding will eventually discolor and is easier to break than dental veneers.
Candidates include: front teeth that are rotated, undersized, severely chipped, heavily discolored, decayed, or have fillings that are failing.
It is not uncommon for a tooth or group of teeth to have a combination of size and alignment problems. Depending on the severity of the problem, composite bonding and veneering may be an option. Other options include porcelain dental veneers and dental crowns.
Composite Veneering & Tooth Bonding Procedures
Bonding begins with the application of a very mild etching solution to a tooth in order to create a clean adhereable enamel surface that permits a durable composite resin to bond to the teeth. The bonding resin is then placed onto the tooth and a high-intensity ultraviolet light cures the resin to the surface of the tooth.
After the last coat has been applied, the bonded material is sculpted to fit the tooth and then finely polished. The procedure takes longer than traditional metal fillings because multiple layers of the bonding material are applied to achieve desired results. Depending upon each individual case, the procedure may last between 1-2 hours. Composites last between 7-11 years.
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