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Composite bonding can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated, and your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile.
DR. MARCELA ORTEGA / DR. CRISTINA IONESCU will match the shade of your existing teeth and then tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the tooth much like the filling procedure.
The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding because an adhesive agent is used to actually bond the resin to the tooth structure.
The resin is hardened (cured) with a curing light and then shaped, contoured, and polished to give a cosmetic and natural appearance. Bonding is the least expensive cosmetic procedure and can be completed during a single dental visit.
Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth -- spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice.
Cosmetic dentists often use dental bonding to fill in gaps between front teeth. It’s a simple procedure that is done in a single visit to the dentist’s office. The bonding material is matched with the color of your natural teeth. The teeth are gently etched by the dentist so the bond can adhere to them. It is then applied to fill in the gap.
There are a few people who do not make good candidates for this procedure. Patients who have dental problems that go beyond a simple gap between their teeth will not benefit from the procedure. With a simple examination, the dentist will be able to tell if you are a good candidate. Smokers and regular coffee drinkers may also not make ideal candidates as the resin used to fill in the gap may easily become stained by these practices. The dentist might suggest using another material like porcelain to help prevent staining.
People who have bad biting habits like chewing on things or biting their fingernails might not be the ideal. These practices can chip the material used for bonding.