page4Dental Bondings are a great way to restore discolored, cracked, chipped or misaligned teeth, to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, to change the shape of teeth and alter their appearance.   They require little to no preparation; the cosmetic dentist matches the shade of your existing teeth to select a composite resin color to be use for the restoration.  There are two forms of dental bonding: direct composite bonding and adhesive bonding

Direct composite bonding is the process where a cosmetic dentist uses tooth-colored resin material (white or natural-looking materials) to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth in the office.  Adhesive bonding is the process of attaching a laboratory fabricated restoration to a tooth.  This method is commonly used for esthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges and inlays/onlays.  Dental bonding is one of the most common procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

However, the material used in direct dental bonding is not as strong as your real teeth, so chewing on pens or biting on fingernails can actually chip the material.  Bonding only lasts a few years before it needs to be repaired or replace. Indirect bonding restorative procedures such as crowns or veneers, especially those made of porcelain last much longer. They are also stain resistant.

Because of their limitations, some cosmetic dentists only use bondings for small cosmetic changes, temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for repair of teeth in areas of very low or no bite pressure (for example, front teeth).  Bonded teeth require the same care as your natural teeth. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing are good ways to keep a beautifull and healthy teeth.  Routine check-ups as recommended by your dentist should ensure clean teeth and a healthy smile.

More than amalgam fillings, the success of dental bondings depends on the cosmetic dentist’s technique.  Often, because of the higher costs, a lot of dental insurance companies do not cover the additional costs associated with composite fillings.