What Is Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Composite tooth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry technique that can do beautiful things for your smile. Dental composites are made of particles such as silicon dioxide or quartz, bound with a tough synthetic resin. It is blended so that it comes in different shades, toughness, and translucencies which allows Dr. Kitagawa to make a perfect match to your natural teeth. She uses this composite to close tooth gaps, fill cavities, or eliminate spots, chips, and discolorations. It’s also great for an instant repair of a broken front tooth.
Teeth bonding is applied directly to the tooth and cured to its final hardness with a light. In order to help the composite bond to the tooth, the tooth is prepared by lightly roughening the area to be repaired. Then the surface of the tooth is etched, a thin, clear bonding agent is applied, and then the composite is applied. Often times these dental procedures do not involve the need for anesthetics.
Composites are paste like so they can be sculpted to the proper shape. They contain different pigments that can be matched to your tooth color, and they also come in varying degrees of translucency and are usually made so that they can be polished to a high gloss. The composite is applied to your tooth in several layers of different shades and translucencies.
Once the tooth is rebuilt to the desired shape Dr. Kitagawa fine tunes the shape and polishes the fillings to a high gloss. Remember: It doesn’t have to be extreme to be a makeover!