Composite bonding is an inexpensive and relatively quick procedure. During a consultation appointment, the dentist and patient will discuss what cosmetic changes are to be done, what will happen during the composite bonding procedure, and any possible risks. Patients can look at the different shades of composites available and pick one that most resembles their natural teeth color. The dentist will also take a full medical history. Composite bonding is a procedure in which a composite is applied directly on a chipped, discolored, or damaged tooth.. This process is unique from other cosmetic dental procedures in that it does not require molds or impressions. The composite itself is a synthetic resin that is hardened by a specialized curing light.
The dentist will smooth and shave the tooth to create the needed shape. Next, the dentist will coat the tooth in an adhesive and apply the composite. The dentist will then sculpt and shape the composite into the desired look. This might require further composite layers and further reshaping. Afterwards, a high-intensity light is used to harden the composite. Lastly, the dentist will perform last minute polishings for a natural look. Overall, the procedure is pain free and does not require anesthesia, though some discomfort may be felt during the initial smoothing and shaving stage. To maintain the look and strength of the composite bonding, patients need to do a couple of things. They need to maintain good brushing and flossing habits with a gentle, specialized toothpaste. They also need to be careful of hard foods that can damage the composite.
People who choose to go through with composite bonding usually do so for cosmetic reasons. These include to fill in gaps between teeth, repair chips, cover tooth discoloration, and fill in cavities. Although this smile improving procedure is relatively simple, only those with good oral and physical health should undergo composite bonding.