Composite bonding is the addition of white filling material to copy or improve the cosmetics of your teeth. White filling material has come along way over the last 20 years to the point now where the addition of composite bonding has become a viable alternative to the placement of porcelain veneers.
If you look carefully at your teeth you will see that the colour graduates throughout the tooth. They are often a bit darker at the neck and more translucent at the tips. The colour is determined by what degree the tooth reflects or absorbs light. The new composite materials are placed in layers to replace the individual elements of tooth structure, starting with the underlying dentine and then the enamel layer overlying this. Actually the more modern composite bonding kits rely on placing 3-4 layers of material each with a slightly different shade and translucency. By doing this it is possible to very nearly mimic the appearance of the adjacent tooth or if a tooth is broken, to copy what remains of that tooth. Composite bonding can be used to change the shape of the teeth or even, through the addition of composite bonding, to align the teeth.
The great advantage of composite bonding is that it is a very forgiving material. It can be easily repaired and added to. It often involves the removal of little or no tooth structure, which is something we value highly at Ethicare Dental.
Patients who have worn their teeth through clenching or grinding and who want to improve the appearance of their shortened teeth are often ideal candidates for composite bonding. It adheres well to the underlying tooth structure and placing porcelain veneers can be risky, since if the porcelain fractures because of high forces involved with clenching, it cannot be repaired but has to be replaced. Porcelain veneers still provide the ultimate in cosmetics and along with crowns are better at masking very dark tooth structure but at about have the price of veneers along with all the benefits which go along with maintaining your tooth.
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