composite dental bonding

What Is Composite Dental Bonding?

Composite dental bonding is a simple way to transform your smile and build your confidence. If you have chipped teeth, spacing issues, or other cosmetic imperfections that you want to take care of, then dental bonding could be the right treatment for you. At Lifetime Family Dental, our professionals can give you a natural-looking smile makeover in no time. 

What Is Composite Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that involves applying a composite resin to the surface of teeth in order to improve their appearance. Composite resin is the same material that dentists use to fill cavities. Bonding is a simple procedure that only takes one visit to the dentist and does not require any anesthesia. 

What Does It Treat?

Composite dental bonding can treat a variety of cosmetic imperfections, including:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discoloration
  • A tooth that needs reshaping
  • Gaps between teeth
  • A tooth that is significantly longer or shorter than the rest

How Does It Work?

Because the composite resin matches the color of your affected tooth, dental bonding results in very natural-looking teeth. The process of dental bonding begins with roughening the surface of your tooth. Then, your dentist will apply a liquid to that rough surface so that the resin will stick properly. 

Next, your dentist attaches the composite resin to the liquid and shapes it to match the shape of your tooth. Finally, an ultraviolet light hardens the resin, after which your dentist will apply any finishing touches to make your tooth look as natural as possible. The entire process should take an hour at most to complete.

Are There Any Risks?

Composite dental bonding has no major health risks, but there can be a higher chance of chipping and breaking. Composite resin is not as strong as your natural teeth. To reduce the risk of chipping or breaking your bonded teeth, you should avoid nail biting, eating hard foods, and chewing on ice or objects like pens. Composite resin is also prone to staining, so you should avoid tobacco use and dark liquids such as coffee, tea, and wine if you want to maintain a bright smile. 

How Long Does Composite Dental Bonding Last?

Composite dental bonding can last anywhere between 3 and 10 years. However, the lifespan of the bonding depends on how well you take care of your teeth. For instance, if you know that you grind your teeth at night, your bonded teeth won’t last as long unless you sleep with a mouth guard

Take good care of your bonded teeth by:

  • Avoiding foods that could stain your teeth—this is critical in the first 48 hours after the procedure
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Not biting your nails
  • Avoiding hard foods
  • Visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings

If you notice that your bonded teeth have sharp edges, your bonded teeth have chipped, or the composite resin has fallen off, contact your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. 

Dental Bonding in Gilbert, AZ

Transform your smile with composite dental bonding from Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert, Arizona. For long-lasting teeth after any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to schedule regular dental visits with us for professional cleanings and exams. Call 480-558-4331 today to make an appointment.

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