The intersection of art and science.
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.
This is a common type of filling that is silver in appearance. It is composed of several metals, including: mercury, tin, silver and copper. Decades ago, amalgam fillings were the standard of care due to their incredible strength, durability, and relatively low cost compared to other options. At whole dental wellness, we still use amalgam fillings today in certain cases. However, some of our patients elect not to have amalgam placed as these fillings are more noticeable more due to their silver appearance.
While expensive, cast gold is an incredibly strong and long-lasting dental material. However like amalgam, it is very noticeable. Believe it or not, some of our patients are looking for this highly visible, gold look, while the majority prefer a more natural, white option that blends seamlessly with their adjacent teeth. Should you need a filling, we will review all the material choices with you so you can make the most educated decision that is right for you.
Arguably the most popular option, composite fillings are made of plastic and glass and, when applied correctly, are hard to distinguish from natural tooth structure. They are more expensive than amalgam fillings but provide a natural look, and with recent improvements in these materials, they have been shown to last just as long.
Similar in appearance to composites, glass ionomers are made up of acrylic and glass powder, are relatively inexpensive, and contain small amounts of fluoride that are slowly released to help protect against cavities. While they do blend in naturally like composites, they do not last as long. The primary use of these materials is with patients that have a high decay risk or in kids, as they are very helpful in preventing future decay in high risk individuals.
To achieve the highest level of beauty and aesthetics, porcelain is often the material of choice. It is typically more costly than composites but recent advances have improved the strength and durability of this material so it is the more common material used when working in the smile zone or when larger types of restorations (like crowns or veneers) are recommended.
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 longer 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 that if any problems arise, we catch them and correct them as soon as possible.
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