Composite bonding, or bonds, are the simplest and fastest of almost all cosmetic dental options — excluding professional whitening, of course. Unlike veneers, bonds are a resin applied directly to teeth that changes their shape. The resin is customized to match the patient’s teeth and is an easy way to fix permanent stains, chips, decayed areas (after treatment) and even fractures. The vast majority of dental offices need to have veneers created in an off-site lab, which is why it can take up to two weeks, but composites can be completed in just one visit and require minimal to no natural tooth shaping or removal.
Composite bonding has many benefits. It’s not invasive, and you can keep most of your natural tooth. You also get instant gratification, since the bonds are perfect and ready to use right away. Composite bonds are simple and quick to repair, pain-free and look just like your natural teeth. Many patients are ideal candidates for composite bonding, but some repairs are beyond this procedure — in this case, your dentist may recommend veneers or tooth extraction followed by a dental implant.
Teeth that likely qualify for composite bonding are those that are broken, stained, an atypical length, have wide gaps in between, are rotated or crooked, broken or if a bridge is worn down. As bonds are used for a variety of instances, it is never a bad idea to ask your dentist about this option if you are unhappy with the way your teeth look.
A Bonding Experience
No pain or discomfort is involved when getting composite bondings applied. Veneers are not painful to get either, but they require anesthesia, and discomfort can result from having your jaw open for extended periods, but neither is the case with bonds. Bonds are also a much more conservative procedure, and many patients don’t need any tooth removal at all.
Bonds, just like natural teeth, need proper care and maintenance. They can sustain surface stains, but these are easily removable with cleanings and polishes. Contact Oak Hills Dentistry in Layton, Utah, today to schedule an appointment and find out if composite bonds are the right choice for you.