Dr. Tran has extensive experience in the application of durable resin composite bonding materials, a less costly alternative to veneers, helping patients at his San Francisco, CA, practice correct an array of cosmetic issues and restore damaged teeth so they look healthy and natural.
Resin Composite Bonding Q & A
What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a technique where very strong resin compounds are applied to the surfaces of teeth to correct issues like deep staining, chips and cracks, and to help reshape teeth for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The composite bonding material can be tinted to match your own teeth for a completely natural-looking result. Bonding can provide many of the same benefits of veneers, but at a lower cost, and it can be completed in a single visit.
What happens during a bonding procedure?
First, your tooth will be prepared for the resin material, a process that involves gently etching or “roughing up” the tooth surface so the composite material will adhere better. The resin will be mixed and tinted for a perfect match. Once the tooth surface is prepared, the resin material will be applied and expertly shaped so it blends with the neighboring teeth and looks just like your own natural teeth. After shaping and sculpting are complete, a special curing light will be used to help speed the hardening time of the resin and achieve a superior, durable result. Lastly, the composite will be gently buffed so it looks as healthy and natural as your own teeth.
How is bonding different from a veneer?
A veneer is finely crafted in a lab and usually requires two visits – one to prepare the tooth and one to apply the veneer. Veneers are also more costly than dental bonding, but they do tend to be much more durable and longer lasting, as well as more resistant to staining. Because cosmetic bonding can be completed in a single visit at a lower cost, it's often a favored choice for correcting many cosmetic issues, including deep staining.