If you’re looking for a more affordable restoration to fix chips, stains, and other types of enamel damage, cosmetic bonding can be the perfect treatment to repair your tooth. Bonding refers to a non-invasive process in which our cosmetic dentist applies a tooth-colored resin to the tooth in layers. Dr. Mark Griffiths then sculpts the damaged area to restore the full proportions of your tooth, allowing the material to harden before polishing the enamel. The result can be a renewed tooth structure and an enhanced smile achieved through less invasive and costly methods than other restorations.
- Composite Bonding Candidates
- Composite Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers
- Composite Bonding Treatment
- Composite Bonding Results
Is Composite Bonding Right for Me?
Composite bonding can be a quality solution to address many minor dental flaws; however, this option may not be the best treatment for every patient. Patients who have tooth damage that is too severe to be corrected with composite bonding might benefit more from a stronger restoration, such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers. That said, composite bonding can be an effective solution for patients who:
- Have minor tooth damage, such as stains, small gaps, and chips
- Would rather not receive a porcelain veneer
- Do not have problems with their bite or jaw position
Bonding also isn’t recommended for patients who smoke, as the staining caused by tobacco can prevent your results from blending in with the rest of your smile. After examining your concerns in person, Dr. Griffiths can recommend an ideal treatment to achieve your goals according to your needs.
Composite Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers
Composite bonding and porcelain veneers are both utilized to repair dental flaws, sometimes leading to confusion when determining the most suitable treatment for your needs. Simply put, composite bonding is considered a more conservative solution to fix smile imperfections. Less of the natural tooth enamel is removed prior to treatment, and the composite material used to shape your tooth is not as durable as a veneer. Bonding is also unable to treat more extensive concerns, such as large gaps, severe misalignments, cracks, and major chips.
Porcelain veneers are much stronger than the resin used in cosmetic bonding, making them a more durable and long-lasting solution to improve chips, gaps, short teeth, and deep staining. Instead of layering on a tooth-colored resin, veneers are composed of a thin porcelain shell designed to fit perfectly over the front of your tooth. The veneer is bonded to the enamel to conceal dental flaws, often lasting 5 to 15 years with good care.
While a porcelain veneer is a higher-quality restoration, cosmetic bonding can be a very effective and affordable option to enhance your tooth. Dr. Griffiths would be happy to evaluate your damaged tooth and recommend an optimal restoration based on your needs and preferences. There are many treatment options that can repair an imperfect tooth, including crowns, inlays and onlays, and veneers, among others.
How is Treatment with Composite Bonding Performed?
After confirming that composite bonding is the best technique to address your needs, Dr. Mark Griffiths will prepare the surface of your tooth for treatment. He will then apply layer after layer of the composite resin while shaping the area to achieve the proportions of your natural tooth. A special dental light is then utilized to harden the material, and the tooth surface is polished and buffed for a smooth finish. The results should look extremely natural and blend in harmoniously with the rest of your smile.
How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?
Your results from cosmetic bonding can last many years with consistent dental hygiene habits, including daily brushing and flossing as well as regular check-ups. The longevity of the outcome is ultimately up to how well you take care of your teeth. Decay and plaque can deteriorate your teeth as well as the bonding material, so good dental hygiene is key to prolonging the lifespan of your results.
In order to protect your smile from unnecessary damage, we recommend wearing a mouthguard when playing sports and doing other activities that have a reasonable risk of oral injuries. Along the same vein, we also advise patients who grind and clench their teeth to use a night guard while sleeping.
If you have a chip, gap, or stain affecting your tooth, addressing the problem sooner rather than later may save you the expense of more costly treatment in the event that the issue worsens. Don’t hesitate to contact our dentist in the San Diego and Bankers Hill areas to set up a consultation.