Loss of confidence with your smile?
Embarrass to show your teeth?
Can't handle multiple dental visits?
Can't afford for more slightly higher priced porcelain veneers?
If you have one or more of the issues stated above, you may want to consider alternative aesthetic option which is getting more common, widely use, and give a promising and long lasting result!
Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that mainly used to replace loss of tooth structure due to caries and tooth fracture. Due to its aesthetic properties, composite resin is also used to mask discolored and crooked teeth, close the gaps between the teeth, in appropriate term, this treatment is known by composite veneers/ bonding.
What are the differences between composite bondings and composite veneers?
They are generally similar and made up of the same materials. Composite bonding are used in repairing chipped tooth, closing gaps between your teeth, changing alignment of teeth, and also masking discolored teeth. Composite veneers are thin shells that are attached to your front tooth surface, mainly used to mask tooth discoloration.
How are composite bondings or veneers done?
Firstly, the dentist will choose the shade of composite that blends well with your own natural tooth shade. Then, the dentist will clean and roughen your tooth surface by polishing and putting some chemical solution to allow the bonding to stick well to your enamel. Most of the time, the dentist may or may not need to minimally remove your enamel before bonding. A clear matrix will be placed in between teeth. Multiple layers of composite will be placed on your tooth and blue light is used to harden the layers. After the last layer is hardened, the dentist will shape and polish your tooth into its form. Bonding require skills and experience of the dentist to sculpture the tooth into shape.
Composite bonding can be done in a single visit and allows immediate chair-side adjustments or repairs. However, the composite bonding may wear down and discolored over time which require some add-on or refinement.
Remarks: the pros and cons of composite veneers are written in comparison with porcelain veneers
Due to certain limitations and selective case suitability for composite bonding, please consult your dentist for further information.
Article written and contributed by,
Dr Eileen Koh MY (DDS)
Jaya Dental Surgery