When it comes to improving the appearance of their smile, most dental patients are looking for an option that is affordable, quick, and, most importantly, comfortable!
This is where composite bonding comes into play.
When you come to see our team at Spa Dental Ryde, our cosmetic dentists will be more than happy to assess your suitability for dental bonding or composite bonding to help you improve your smile.
But what exactly is composite bonding? Here is our short guide to peruse!
Composite bonding is a dental procedure in which a enamel-coloured resin is applied to the tooth and hardened using a special light. The resin is made to match the colour of the surrounding teeth so it looks natural. The bonding can be used to repair chipped teeth, close gaps between teeth, change the shape of teeth, and protect exposed roots. It is a less invasive and more conservative treatment than veneers or crowns and can usually be completed in just one surgery visit. However, it is not as strong as other restorative treatments and may need to be redone every few years.
In short, composite bonding will involve our team applying layers of composite resin to your teeth, shaping them, and smoothing them with each layer.
As each layer will be set with UV light, the process of having dental bonding performed is totally comfortable and should be easy to sit through for most dental patients. Our team may decide to spread out the fitting of all of your composites if there are many, as each composite can take up to 20 minutes to attach.
When you are at home afterward, our team generally recommends avoiding the consumption of hard foods for around 24 hours to give your dental bonding time to set properly.
But, once they have set, you can eat whatever food you wish to, provided that you maintain good oral hygiene practices and adhere to brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day.
As mentioned before, you will need to brush and floss your teeth that have got composite bonding attached to them at least twice a day. This is more for the hygiene of the mouth rather than keeping the composites white, as the material that the composites are made from is naturally stain resistant.
You will also need to visit our team twice a year to ensure that your oral health is in good condition, as gum disease can cause dental bondings to fail.
If you keep up with a good oral hygiene regime, your dental bonding can last up to 10 years.
Of course, if you suspect before this that the bondings are coming loose, then you will need to see our team for treatment. Usually, the detaching of dental bondings is due to gum disease, but it can also be related to trauma, usually caused by an injury to the face and mouth. It can also signify that there may be tooth decay.