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How Does Composite Bonding Work? The Most Commonly-Asked Questions Answered
You’ve probably heard of dental veneers, a popular cosmetic procedure that dramatically enhances the appearance of your teeth. But you might not have heard of composite bonding — a treatment that tackles many of the same issues.
Composite bonding might not have the same popularity as other treatments, but it certainly has its benefits. It’s versatile, quick, cost-effective, and minimally invasive.
So, how does composite bonding work?
Here are some of the most commonly-asked composite bonding questions, along with the answers.
What Is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is sometimes referred to as cosmetic, tooth, or dental bonding. The procedure uses composite resin to repair or reshape your tooth. The resin is tooth-coloured, so it blends perfectly with the rest of your smile.
What Can Composite Bonding Treat?
We can use composite bonding in several ways, including:
- Repairing cracks or chips in your teeth
- Rebuilding mishappen teeth
- Filling small gaps between teeth
- Adding length to short teeth
- Improving the appearance of dark or stained teeth
How Does Composite Bonding Work?
The composite bonding process is simple. We’ll carefully apply the resin to the affected areas of your teeth before skillfully sculpting the malleable material until the tooth looks perfect.
Once we’re happy with how your tooth looks, we’ll harden the resin using an ultraviolet light. Finally, we’ll polish the tooth to ensure the bonded areas are smooth.
How Long Does Composite Bonding Take?
Composite bonding is a quick and simple process. The exact length of the treatment depends on the extent of the damage to the tooth and how many teeth are being repaired.
Because there’s no need to take measurements of your tooth or have anything made in the lab, we can perform a composite bonding procedure in one appointment.
Sometimes, we can repair a single tooth using composite bonding in as little as 30 minutes. Many people have several teeth repaired at the same time.
Does Composite Bonding Hurt?
No. Composite bonding is a minimally invasive procedure. In fact, it’s so simple there’s no need for anaesthetic. Before placing the composite resin, we don’t need to prepare the tooth, and none of the enamel needs to be removed.
What’s the Recovery Process After Composite Bonding?
As there’s no pain or discomfort associated with composite bonding, there’s no need to worry about taking time out of your routine for recovery.
It can take up to a day for the resin to fully harden, so you should stick to soft food initially. After 24 hours, you can enjoy your favourite food again.
How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?
It’s hard to say exactly how long composite bonding will last, as it depends on how well you look after your teeth. Composite resin isn’t durable as your natural teeth, meaning you must avoid biting or chewing anything hard like pens or ice.
With proper care, your composite bonding will last for at least five years.
Does Composite Bonding Protect Your Teeth?
If you have a chip or crack in your tooth, it makes it easy for bacteria to enter it and cause infection. When we repair any damage using composite bonding, it seals the tooth and helps ward off the effects of decay.
Composite Bonding at NuDental
Composite bonding is a versatile treatment that restores the appearance and integrity of your tooth. The procedure prevents decay and restores confidence, and is quick and minimally invasive.
Call us today to arrange your composite bonding consultation.
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