As a teen, you hit your front tooth on the side of a swimming pool. Your dentist said the tooth was just fine, but now as an adult, you notice some fine cracks in the enamel. Your Smyma dentist, Dr. Michael Nguyen, may use composite resin bonding to restore, beautify and protect those hairline cracks. Many Highland Dental patients benefit from this quick, one-appointment cosmetic service.
What is composite resin bonding?
Sometimes dentists call it direct bonding. It involves a tooth-colored mixture of acrylic and glass particles which effectively mimic the color, texture and strength of natural tooth enamel. Applied in layers to chipped, cracked or otherwise flawed tooth surfaces, composite resin rebuilds teeth, erasing defects and strengthening irts structure.
At Highland Dental, your Smyma dentist uses direct bonding on single or multiple teeth as needed. With it, he repairs:
- Small gaps
- Mild overcrowding
- Congenital defects (such as peg-shaped incisors)
- Cracks and chips
Composite resin is the same material used in tooth-colored fillings. Hardened with a curing light, this material looks and acts like the real thing, and also, it strengthens weakened teeth.
How it's done
Unlike porcelain veneers or crowns, direct bonding needs no extensive tooth preparation. Dr. Nguyen simply buffs the surface with fine grit sandpaper and an etching chemical. Then, he applies thin layers of resin right where it's needed, and he cures each layer. Arriving at the final shape, the dentist polishes the tooth to a high sheen. The result is a repair that's incredibly natural-looking in color and form.
The total makeover
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that composite resin is a versatile material in the hands of a skilled dentist. Rather than substantially reducing tooth structure to achieve a strong and attractive repair, composite resin preserves the enamel and adds to it. With good care, the restoration lasts for a decade or more.
Also, direct bonding often accompanies services such as professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings and more. Stain-resistant and strong, composite resin provides a superior finishing touch to complex smile makeovers.
Learn all about it
Do you have questions about composite resin? Then, why not contact Highland Dental and arrange your own cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Michael Nguyen? Call his office team today at (678) 305-9916.