Have you been considering improving your smile with the composite bonding treatment? If so, you probably have many questions about how this procedure can work for you. That’s why we’ve answered your five most common questions about this simple, yet transformative procedure.
What issues can be remedied with composite bonding?
Using this cosmetic procedure, you can fix a number of aesthetic problems in your smile. For starters, this technique can be used to fix a chipped or cracked tooth, as well as a space or gap between the teeth. You might also consider using this technique if you would like to lengthen your teeth or change the shape of them in anyway. This treatment is often best used for those with less complex, cosmetic issues on their otherwise healthy teeth, and therefore patients with significant bite misalignments may not be good candidates for this kind of treatment.
How does the procedure work?
Composite bonding is a simple, pain-free procedure that has been used for decades. To remedy your smile with this treatment, your dentist will first need to prepare your tooth. This requires some minor removal of dental enamel, as well as roughing the surface of your tooth to make it better stick to the bonding material. Your dentist will choose a composite material that best matches the shade of your surrounding teeth. When your tooth is ready, your dentist will mold the putty-like composite resin directly on your tooth until it matches the desired shape. When the shaping is completed, your dentist will harden the material with a light or laser and finish it off with a polishing!
How much time does composite bonding typically take?
Unlike veneers, in which treatment can take two appointments, this procedure is quite quick! You can leave our offices with a brand new smile in just one day. Each tooth only takes around 30-60 minutes to treat with composite bonding.
How do I maintain my teeth that have been treated with composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a relatively low-maintenance treatment. If you maintain a solid dental hygiene routine—including brushing your teeth twice per day, flossing nightly, rinsing with mouthwash, and visiting your dentist every six months—your new smile should remain in good shape for years! That said, we do recommend that you avoid chewing any materials that can chip your teeth, such as pens, ice, or hard objects.
How long does composite bonding last?
This can change from person to person depending on their oral hygiene routine as well as the extent of their cosmetic treatment. That said, composite bonding can last anywhere from three to ten years before it needs to be replaced.
Are you ready to transform your smile with composite bonding? Call Caputo Dental in Naperville today to schedule your appointment!