Teeth are the gateway to our smile. Along with that, they play a crucial role in our well-being. When a tooth cracks, it is important to deal with it urgently. Otherwise, it can lead to long-term damage. Composite Bonding is an advanced dentistry technique that targets various concerns including cracked teeth. During the procedure, a versatile material is used directly onto the teeth for bonding. Some concerns it can target include replacing broken edges, improving the shape and teeth lightening. It can also be used for redesigning the smile. Before undergoing any procedure, it is important to have some knowledge about it. Here is all that you need to know about composite bonding.

What are the concerns that are targeted by composite bonding?

Composite bonding can be used for various dental concerns. Some of them are as follows:

  1. Cracked Teeth: The appearance of cracks can be minimized and prevented from getting bigger through this process. It is a highly efficient treatment when minuscule cracks are being targeted.
  2. Chipped Teeth: Composite bonding is the ideal choice for treating this concern. For restoring chipped teeth, a special bonding formula is used. This prevents further damage and helps achieve a more even surface.
  3. Closing gaps between the teeth: Small spaces between the teeth can make one feel conscious about their smile. Composite bonding can build outwards while using the teeth on any of the sides of the gap. This helps to close the small space.
  4. Discolouration: If there are any discoloured root surfaces, composite bonding or composite artistry is a great treatment option.
  5. Exposed Tooth Roots: Exposed tooth roots are treated with a special composite resin formula. This also helps to prevent the pain caused by tooth sensitivity.

What happens during the procedure?

The first step is matching the bonding resin colour with the natural colour of the teeth. After that, the resin is applied to the teeth. It is used to shape, smoothen and cover the imperfections present on the surface. Once the resin has covered the teeth, the next step is to harden the surface. Which is done by using a special light.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure is quick and easy. Composite bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case and the concerns being targeted.

How long do the results last?

A composite material used for bonding is not a long-lasting option, as compared to dental crowns and veneers. However, it is a cost-effective and pain-free treatment option. The results last for about 5 years. The material used for bonding is hard but not as hard as the natural teeth. Composite fillings tend to wear down, chip and break. You can choose to undergo touch-up treatments as and when required.

How can you maintain the results?

Maintaining the results is simple. You need to brush and floss regularly and undergo regular dental check-ups. Try to avoid any hard food which can cause cracks. Also, avoid foods and drinks which cause discolouration. Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.