You may have heard of the phrase"composite bonding" or "dental composite bonding". This is a special dental technique for adding tooth-coloured filling material to a tooth, in order to change the shape, the color, or the apparent position of the tooth, or sometimes all three!
Say, for example, a front tooth is set back slightly from the other teeth on either side. It will look out of line, and may appear to be darker because it is slightly in shadow. One way of improving the appearance of this tooth is to move it with orthodontic braces.
An alternative way is to build out the tooth with a layer of tooth-colored material, like a false fingernail, to bring the visible surface of the tooth into line with the others.
This is called "dental composite bonding", because we are bonding a thin layer of tooth-colored dental composite filling material onto the tooth.
These four advantages are all linked; you don't need a shot because there is no drilling, (normally just some surface polishing); It is relatively inexpensive because it is quick and doesn't take up much of the dentist's time, and also because the materials used are not expensive when compared to dental porcelain.
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Here are two examples of composite bonding that show how tooth shapes can be changed to make them look better.
As you can see, dental composite bonding is a useful alternative to veneers or crowns to improve your smile, which is quick, painless, not expensive, and doesn't need any drilling. PERFECT!
Page written by dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell