A vibrant, white smile is something that most everyone wants. After all, your smile says a lot about you. People who smile big and wide are often looked at more positively and more warmly received. Confident people attract confident people. But what if you’ve tried all of the whitening toothpastes and doodads out? What if you just can’t achieve that white smile?
For people who have suffered an injury to their tooth or simply have permanent discoloration, composite tooth bonding is a great way to achieve the attractive, confident smile they’ve been seeking.
What is composite tooth bonding?
Composite tooth bonding is a process that requires the dentist to bond a composite resin to your teeth. It works best on discolored and chipped teeth and helps to give them an attractive, natural appearance that blends in with the rest of your teeth.
The composite resin is tooth colored, which is why it is commonly used on anterior (front) teeth. It can work on teeth that are in a variety of conditions, including chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth.
Is composite bonding like veneers?
No. Veneers are made from either porcelain or composite materials, however, they require a more lengthy process of application. This is because you need to have impressions taken and sent out to the lab for veneers to be made.
As a result, composites are more affordable than veneers.
How long do composites last?
Composites can last as long as ten years. How long they last depends heavily on how well you care for them. With proper brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist, you should get long wear from your composites.
Another factor on how long your composite bonding lasts is how your teeth wear and their bite. This is because an improper bite or grinding teeth more easily crack the bonding (as it is not as hard as your natural enamel).
How do I care for composites?
Just because composites will help give you that beautiful smile, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to care for them. In addition to regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, it’s important you avoid foods that stain teeth like red wine, coffee, and tea, particularly in the first few days of having composites.
Additionally, avoid opening packages with your teeth or doing anything that could add additional stress to them.
Is composite tooth bonding right for me?
Composite tooth bonding is fast, minimally invasive, and affordable. As a result, it’s a great option for people with limited budgets looking for improvements to their smiles. Unfortunately, because composite tooth resin isn’t as strong as your teeth’s natural enamel, if you have a poor bite or malalignments, composite tooth bonding likely won’t work for you. This is because of the way malaligned mouths bite and wear on teeth.
If you’re looking for a bright smile and are interested in affordable composite tooth bonding, contact our team and Dr. Batra. We can help determine if this is the best option for you and if not, what might be best.