What is composite bonding and why might I need it?

Composite bonding is a dental treatment that can offer a solution for several different dental issues. In short, if you’re not happy with the size, shape, or color of your teeth, colored composite bonding might be something worth considering. Here we review what it is and why you might need it.

What Is Composite Bonding?

Composite or dental bonding is a treatment used to repair minor damage to teeth. It can also be used to address many common cosmetic woes. Primarily, it uses a composite resin material to restore minor damage such as chips or cavities. However, it can also provide an easy, affordable solution to fill gaps in teeth or cover staining. The resin offers a natural colored restorative that is matched to the color of your other teeth. It is also quite pliable, allowing dentists to more easily manipulate the resin to get the desired look. This makes it an excellent option to restore your teeth’s appearance.

What Are the Benefits of Composite Bonding?

Dental composite bonding offers a fast, easy solution for many dental issues. Because of the way it is applied, it often can be performed without the need for a local anesthetic. As far as dental treatments go, it also tends to be a less expensive option. As a cosmetic treatment it allows you to maintain more of your natural tooth compared to other treatments while getting the same results.

What Are the Possible Negatives?

As with any Lakewood, CO dental treatment, you also have to consider the possible negatives. Composite bonding is not as stain-resistant as other restorations and cosmetic treatments. In addition, because of the way it is applied, it eventually requires touch-ups or replacements. If you tend to grind your teeth or clench your jaw, it also makes it more vulnerable to damage.  Something like veneers or crowns are considered the most long term option.  

Can It Be Used to Fix Crooked Teeth?

Yes, it is a very popular and affordable cosmetic solution to improve the appearance of slightly crooked teeth. Many people prefer this over costly braces, but the results are not as permanent. However, for those with minor problems with teeth positioning, it can be the ideal way to make a notable difference in your smile. Those with severely misaligned teeth, however, will need to pursue orthodontic treatments.

Can It Be Used to Fix Bottom Teeth?

Yes, but there are many considerations to determine if composite bonding is right for your specific needs. While it can make a big difference in the appearance of your bottom teeth if you have certain bite or alignment issues between your top and bottom teeth, it can pose a problem. In addition, if you tend to grind your teeth, you can quickly damage composite bonding on your bottom teeth.

Can Composite Bonding Be Used to Fill Gaps?

Yes, this is one of the most affordable and effective cosmetic treatments Lakewood dentists use to help fill gaps. Because composite bonding can be molded to the ideal tooth shape and color can be matched to the rest of your teeth, it can make an impressive difference that really perfects your smile.

Interested in learning more about composite bonding? Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Turner in her Lakewood, Colorado dental clinic and she’ll get to know you and evaluate your unique needs.

To learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services in Lakewood, CO, visit this page here.

About the Author

Dr. Elizabeth Turner is a whole-health, family dentist in Lakewood, CO who provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. She focuses on the mouth-body connection and helps her patients smile confidently, breathe clearer, and live healthier lives. 

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