The intersection of art and science.
What different types of fillings are there?
There are two main types of dental fillings, metal and tooth-colored.
What is composite dental bonding?
Cosmetic tooth bonding is an inexpensive way to transform your smile and dramatically improve the way you feel.
Dental bonding is a form of smile artistry where our medium is composite resin and your teeth are our canvas. Today’s resins are so highly evolved that, in the hands of our highly trained dentists, it is nearly impossible to distinguish these restorations from natural tooth structure.
We are able to provide you options to address imperfections in or on your teeth, giving you the more attractive smile you’ve been looking for. Bonding can be used to fill gaps between teeth, improve the color of the teeth and mask discolorations, repair chipped areas, change the size and/or shape of teeth, and give rooked teeth a straight-looking appearance.
How does the process work?
At whole dental wellness, our dentists will work with you to seamlessly and painlessly blend the bonding material onto your existing teeth. During the treatment planning appointment, our experts will determine the complexity of your case. Typically, dental bonding is a relatively simple procedure that is completed in one visit. For small or minor corrections, the resin is color matched to your teeth in our office. For major restorations or full smile makeovers, sometimes our experts will choose to take digital impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab to have your restorations made out of the office. In these cases, the actual bonding procedure takes place on a following visit, typically a week or two later.
Application of bonding agent
First, a gel solution is painted on to an area of natural tooth which hardens the surface and allows for tight bond. Next, a putty like, resin that contains color pigments matched perfectly to your adjacent teeth is then placed and adapted to your natural teeth. A UV light is used to harden the material after it is placed in the correct position. Finally, your new filling is polished for an optimal shine. You will leave our office smiling with your gorgeous new smile.
How long will it last?
The lifespan or durability of dental bonding varies greatly between individuals. On average, dental bonding will last up to 15 years if properly cared for, but some people may need polishing and adjustments to ensure the tight bond remains earlier than that. We will work with you to ensure you understand how to best care for your new restorations and place you on a regular cleaning schedule so if any problems arise, we catch them and correct them ASAP.