If you want to improve your smile, consider composite bonding. It’s a cosmetic technique in dentistry wherein a material known as composite resin is molded, shaped and then placed over your teeth to hide any imperfections. Here at Lifetime Dental Rancho Cucamonga, we recommend composite bonding to patients who have gapped teeth, chipped teeth, deep stains and misshapen teeth. The technique is minimally invasive and it can be completed in just one appointment.
Advantages of Composite Bonding
- One of the main reasons why this option is popular is that it can really resemble the color and shape of the rest of your teeth.
- It’s also among the least expensive dental restorations. Depending on the extent and location of the damage, you’ll spend anywhere from $300 to $600 per tooth which is a lot less than what you would have to pay if you opt for crowns and veneers.
- The procedure can be done in one visit and will take no more than 1-2 hours. However, if you need composite bonding for several teeth, this may require more than a single visit.
- It is non-invasive which means there is no need to administer local anesthesia. It also means you’ll be able to preserve healthy tooth material. Your teeth will not need to be filed, cut or sliced.
Preparing Your Teeth for Bonding
Composite bonding was introduced over 5 decades ago and it’s still one of the most popular restoration options today.
Dr. Afzali has extensive experience in this type of restoration. Once it has been determined that you are an ideal candidate for the procedure, she will start by etching the surface of your tooth so that the composite resin will be shaped as best as possible. Then a bonding agent will be applied to the tooth, place the composite resin and then use a special light to cure it. Once it has hardened, your tooth will be polished.
Care and Maintenance
Composite restorations require minimal maintenance. Take care of your teeth as you normally do such as brushing twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss at least once daily.
Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol as they can soften the resin. If you use fluoride, choose sodium fluoride as it is more preferable for teeth with composite bonding.
A smile makeover doesn’t have to be expensive. With composite bonding, you can have a beautiful smile without enduring pain or spending a fortune. Schedule an appointment with Lifetime Dental by calling (909) 483-0812.