Bonding is a common solution for:
- Minor tooth chips.
- Unsightly gaps and spaces between teeth
- Stained/faded and discolored teeth.
- Minor alignment issues.
Often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile, it is a type of direct restoration meaning composite bonding material is bonded to an existing tooth and sculpted into form. Unlike some veneers and/or crowns, composite bonding often removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
Drs. Brita and Matthew Loeppke use several anterior composite systems and several shades and tints while most dentists only use one system and one shade. Gifted with an artistic eye and honed by training they layer different shades of composite and paint tints into the restoration with brushes giving the restored tooth a natural appearance.
Composite bonding has many advantages.
- It often doesn’t 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.
- Dramatic changes to the smile can be completed as quickly as one dental visit..
Composite bondings, however, are not as durable and stain resistant as veneers and crowns and may need to be replaced in the future. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composite bondings should be brushed and flossed daily just as is the case with all of your teeth. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, certain foods and candy.
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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.