What is Composite Bonding?
To improve the appearance of your natural teeth, a composite material such as a resin or plastic is bonded to your existing tooth. Unlike crowns or veneers, composite bonding requires that only a small portion of the original tooth be removed.
Composite Bonding is commonly used to:
- Repair cracked or chipped teeth
- Reduce unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
- Hide faded or discolored areas on the surface of the tooth
Benefits of Composite Bonding:
- It is a relatively inexpensive process that does not interfere with the original structure of the tooth
- The bonding process is fast, generally requiring one hour or less
- Various shades are available, allowing you to find a better match to the natural color of your teeth
Keep in mind that composite resins do not last as long, nor are they as durable as crowns and veneers, so may require retouching or replacement later.
Composite bonds also tend to stain, so it’s important to care for and have them cleaned regularly. Your composites should be flossed and brushed daily. Common substances that may stain composite bonds include: tobacco, certain foods, candy, tea and coffee.