Enhance Your Smile at Cromer and Cairns Dental Today
Composite bonding, or teeth bonding, is often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name of the procedure implies, a composite material (either a plastic or resin) is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike dental veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth. Dental bonding is a standard solution to fix or repair chipped or cracked teeth. It can also help you reduce unsightly gaps or spaces between your teeth, as well as hide discolorations or faded areas on your tooth’s surface. Composite bonding is offered by Vero Beach’s Cromer and Cairns Dental. Many patients prefer this non-invasive procedure that can be completed in as little as one visit over more complicated restorative options, although it may not be suitable for everyone. We recommend contacting us at (772) 672-3858 to schedule a consultation with our Vero Beach dentists to determine if it’s right for your needs.
What Can I Expect During the Composite Bonding Procedure?
During your appointment, our Vero Beach dentist will remove some of your tooth’s enamel so we can shape the composite resin for your tooth. We will apply the bonding agent to your tooth and then cure it in place using a special light. After that, we will mold the composite resin to fit your tooth perfectly and polish your tooth until its sheen matches the rest of your smile. You likely will not need anesthesia during this procedure unless it is necessary for us to drill your tooth to fill a cavity or unless the chip in your tooth is located close to a sensitive nerve. While it may sound like a simple procedure, dental bonding requires a dentist with expertise in this area to achieve the best results. The cost of dental bonding will vary per tooth involved, though many dental insurance plans usually cover this type of procedure at least partially if not completely. Our office would be happy to discuss payment and financing options in more detail during your consultation with one of our dentists.
Common Advantages of Composite Bonding for Your Consideration
Teeth bonding is often a preferred alternative to amalgam fillings for patients with cavities. If you are still on the fence about composite bonding, here are some advantages for you to consider:
- Quick Procedure– Composite bonding typically takes less than an hour per tooth. Unless several teeth are involved, you should be able to get your composite bonding completed in one visit.
- Inexpensive Option– Because composite bonding does not reduce the tooth’s original structure, it is a relatively inexpensive procedure when compared to veneers or crowns.
- Natural-Looking Results– Composite resins come in many different shades to provide superior matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth. Our dentist will select the shade that most closely resembles your teeth for natural-looking results.
While dental bonding does offer many distinct advantages, composite bonds are not as durable and long-lasting as dental veneers or crowns. They are also not as resistant to stains when compared to crowns or veneers. With the proper care, teeth bonding results should last you anywhere from 3-10 years before they may need to be retouched or replaced by our Vero Beach dentist.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Composite Bonding?
If you have a severe overbite or underbite, dental bonding may not be your best restorative option. We may even need to adjust your bite first. Composite bonding is generally recommended for patients with relatively healthy teeth and gums who are looking for a slight cosmetic improvement in their smile. Aside from your routine dental check-ups and daily oral hygiene, composite bonds do not require any special care. However, our Vero Beach dentists usually recommend avoiding hard foods and chewing on ice or your fingernails to prevent cracking your composite bonds. If you ever notice sharp edges around your bonded teeth, be sure to call our dentist right away to retouch or replace your composite bonds.
Visit Our Vero Beach Dentist for Teeth Bonding
Are you interested in learning more about teeth bonding at our Vero Beach dentist? Please contact Cromer and Cairns Dental today at (772) 672-3858 to speak with one of our friendly dentists. If you are a new patient to our dental practice, you can find our new patient forms online for your convenience. We also encourage you to check out our patient testimonials to see how we can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted with composite bonding and various other dental procedures. Open Monday through Friday, our office is located between Publix and Stein Mart on U.S. 1 in Vero Beach, Florida.