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Composite Dental Bonding Chicago
Dr. Seidman believes in using conservative methods to enhance your smile whenever possible. Composite bonding is an ideal choice for fixing many minor aesthetic problems without damaging your natural tooth in doing so. His steady, experienced hand and advanced training help him to create absolutely stunning results with composite bonding.
Composite bonding is a technique used to improve the appearance of your teeth. The term composite bonding refers to any composite material, either a plastic or resin, which is bonded to an existing tooth. Bonding is ideal for fixing chipped or cracked teeth, hiding discoloration on the tooth’s surface, or reducing the gaps between teeth. Whatever the specific intent, composite bonding creates more aesthetically pleasing teeth and a brighter smile. Unlike porcelain veneers or dental crowns, composite bonding removes little if any of the original tooth.
Advantages of Composite Bonding
Composite bonding is a quick process, typically lasting less than an hour. Compared to porcelain veneers or a dental crown procedure, it is a popular choice because it does not reduce the tooth’s original structure. Composite bonding is also relatively inexpensive. And finally, composite resins are available in many different shades. The shade can be chosen to match the natural color of the original tooth.
Composite Bonding Process
The cosmetic dentist begins by examining and cleaning the tooth to be bonded. Once the tooth is properly prepped, the cosmetic dentist rubs the tooth with a mild solution that facilitates the bonding of the composite resin to the tooth. The composite resin is then applied in several coats. Each coat is hardened (or set) using a specially designed dentist’s light. Once the cosmetic dentist has placed an adequate amount of resin on the tooth, the bond is sculpted for the desired shape and texture. Bonding is performed in the dentist’s chair and usually does not require any anesthesia.
After Composite Bonds are Placed
Proper care of the bonded tooth ensures the longest possible duration of the bonding. The bonded teeth, just like the rest of your teeth, should be brushed and flossed daily. This is especially important if you drink coffee, tea, or smoke tobacco, all of which stain composite bonds. Bonds typically do not last as long as porcelain veneers or dental crowns and may need to be retouched or replaced every five to ten years.
If you are interested in learning more about composite bonding or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact cosmetic dentist Sheldon Seidman – serving Chicago, Illinois.