Often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile, composite bonding material is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike some veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
Dr. Theroux uses 5 different anterior composite systems and several shades of tints, while most dentists use only one system. Gifted with an artistic eye, she layers different shades of composite and paints tints into restorations with brushes, giving the restored tooth a natural appearance.
Composite bonding has many advantages.
- It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
- Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
- Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.
Bonding is a common solution for:
- Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
- Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface
Composite Bonding Case Studies from Dr. Theroux
Caring for your composite bonds
Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, certain foods and candy.