Often when people have irregular tooth shapes, minor chips or discolored teeth, they want a quick and non-invasive solution. Composite resin can be bonded to teeth to close gaps between teeth, change the shape of teeth, restore chipped edges, and cover discoloration. Your dentist carefully selects and blends the appropriate composite, which comes in a variety of shades and opacities, for your teeth. Then employing the use of a special adhesive system, your dentist, like an artist, applies and sculpts the composite directly on your tooth. This composite, which starts out in a putty-like consistency, is hardened on the tooth using a special light that activates the material.
When to consider composite bonding:
- You want to correct minor chips, shape or color irregularities of your teeth in one appointment.
- You have spaces or gaps between your teeth that you want to close without having to go through orthodontic teeth movement.
- Composite resin can be bonded to your teeth with removing little or no enamel.
- Composite resin, in most cases, can be reversibly removed with no resulting damage to the teeth.
- Composite resin is less costly than porcelain or ceramic.
- Composite resin can be bonded to your teeth and completed in one appointment.
- Composite resin stains and wears more, and does not last as long as porcelain or ceramic veneers.
Many people who consider cosmetic composite resin bonding also consider veneers, Invisalign, and teeth whitening.