Bonding of dental composite resin material can be one the most affordable and quick cosmetic procedures that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. It’s also one of the only materials we can quickly use to show you how it can improve your smile before we ever start the permanent restoration. This is a go-to material that allows Dr. Jimmy to express dental artistry and skill that can have dramatic effects on a person’s smile.
For patients with chipped, discolored, and cracked teeth, we can often use composite resin to repair and mold the teeth back to a natural shape and color. One of the biggest advantages of this technique is that it requires very minimal removal of natural tooth structure. Our composite resins are bonded to the surface of your tooth and come with a variety of shades to match the natural color of your teeth.
Composite resin can also be used to make teeth appear longer and close gaps or spacing between teeth. This is often accomplished with a veneering technique with the composite material. Composite veneers may be an excellent alternative to porcelain veneers, allowing us to conserve tooth structure and provide you with a more affordable option compared to porcelain veneers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are a thin shell or layer of material bonded to the front surface of your natural tooth. The dentist shapes and molds the material directly to your tooth with a layering technique. A special light is then used to cure, or harden, the material. Final shaping and polishing is then done with a high speed rotary tool to achieve the final finish. In contrast, porcelain veneers are fabricated outside of the mouth and are then glued, or bonded, in at a separate appointment. Typically, a porcelain veneer has a higher fee due to it being a premium product that offers optimal esthetics and durability.
How long do composite resins last?
When properly cared for, dental resins can last up to ten years and sometimes even longer. Teeth restored with composite resin can still be stained from things like coffee and tea. You’ll get the most out of your restorations by following a healthy oral hygiene routine and avoiding very hard foods that may cause chipping. In comparison, porcelain veneers have the advantage of not discoloring over time and is typically a longer term solution than composite resin.
Should I consider composite bonding or composite veneers?
If you have minor chips, cracks, and fractures in your teeth, or you have discolored or decayed areas, you may be a great candidate for composite bonding. There are many factors that go into preparing and restoring your teeth for these restorations. Ultimately, it’s important to consult with Dr. Jimmy to decide what type of restorations will give you the most benefit and withstand the demands of everyday function and beauty.
To find out what type of materials and restorations can be used to meet your desires for an enhanced smile, contact us today at 765.464.2700 for a free initial esthetic consultation!