Dental Bonding: Everything You Need to Know

Your smile is beautiful and uniquely you. But what if a chip, crack or gap is hurting your confidence or the functionality of your teeth? Fortunately, composite bonding can help.

Composite bonding is a popular dental procedure that can provide a natural and beautiful smile. Composite bonding uses a tooth-colored resin to improve teeth shape, size or color in a non-invasive, cost-effective way. The best part is that the nearby experts at Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry have combined decades of experience performing this procedure. So what is the process?

7 Composite Bonding Materials Used for the Best Smile

Composite bonding is a pain-free, in-office procedure – no anesthesia or surgery is required! Before learning about the composite bonding process, it’s crucial to understand the different materials used to restore your smile. Common materials used in dental composite bonding include the following.

  1. Composite resin: The primary material used in composite bonding is a tooth-colored resin. This resin is pliable and can be matched to the natural color of the teeth, providing a discreet and aesthetic result.
  2. Bonding agents: Adhesives are essential for securing the composite resin to the tooth surface. They enhance the bond between the natural tooth and the composite material, ensuring durability and stability.
  3. Etchant: The dentist may apply an etching solution to the tooth surface before bonding. This solution painlessly roughens the enamel, creating a better surface for the composite resin to adhere to.
  4. Shade guide: Dentists use shade guides to match the color of the composite resin to the patient’s natural tooth color, achieving a natural appearance.
  5. Finishing and polishing tools: After the composite resin is applied and shaped, special instruments are used for finishing and polishing to achieve a smooth surface that mimics the natural texture.
  6. Ultraviolet (UV) light: Composite resin is cured and hardened using a UV light or laser that activates the bonding agents in the resin. The use of light allows for precise control over the hardening process.
  7. Protective sealant: In some cases, a protective coating may be applied to the cured composite to enhance its longevity, resistance to staining and aesthetic appearance over time.

With these materials in mind, let’s explore the composite bonding process to restore your smile.

 Straightforward Process to Give You the Best Smile

  1. Consultation: The first step is a consultation with an expert Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry dentist. Our dentists will examine your teeth and discuss your goals and expectations. 
  2. Preparing the surface: We apply a mild etching solution for some teeth to create a better surface for the resin to adhere to. Then, we apply a bonding agent to the tooth to help the composite resin adhere securely.
  3. Applying composite resin: Afterward, we apply the tooth-colored composite resin in layers. The resin is color-matched to your teeth and soft like putty. 
  4. Sculpting and shaping: Once the resin is applied, we sculpt and shape it to the desired form, ensuring proper alignment, contouring and shaping to match the surrounding teeth. This process ensures your tooth looks natural and seamless with your other teeth.
  5. Curing: Next, we use a UV light to harden and set the composite resin. Each resin layer is cured individually to ensure the bonding is firm and durable.
  6. Finishing touches: After the resin is cured, our dentist trims, shapes and polishes it to match natural tooth contours. Finally, the dentist makes any necessary adjustments and ensures that the bonded tooth blends seamlessly with the adjacent teeth.

Look no further if you’re seeking expert composite bonding that repairs chipped, cracked or gapped teeth. We use industry-leading tools and techniques to give you the smile of your dreams. Schedule your consultation with the friendly experts at Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry.