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A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.

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Composite Bonding: An Introduction For Curious Cosmetic Dentistry Patients

Siiri Puro

When you think about cosmetic dentistry, what is it that comes to mind? If you are like most people, you will probably bring up something like porcelain veneers, bridges and crowns, or even implants. However, cosmetic dentistry is not always as intense; in some cases, cosmetic dentistry procedures are far less complicated. Composite bonding is the perfect example of one of the areas of cosmetic dentistry that often gets forgotten. Yet, composite bonding is one of the options for improving your smile that you may be able to afford more than other options. Here's a look at what you need to know about composite bonding. 

What exactly is composite bonding?

Composite bonding, which is often referred to simply as bonding, is a treatment process that involves using a bonding material on a damaged tooth that is cured in place after application. The bonding material can be sculpted and shaped to create an aesthetically pleasing appearance that looks just like your natural teeth -- or better than your natural teeth, in some cases. Once the bonding agent is applied to the areas that are being repaired, the dentist uses a high-intensity UV light to force the material to harden, at which point it becomes highly resilient and the same color as the rest of your teeth.

What kind of problems can be fixed with composite bonding?

One of the greatest things about composite bonding is it works well to repair all kinds of different dental problems, and it can be used to help patients of all ages. The process can be used to close gaps between the teeth and fill small damaged areas, but it can also be used to

  • give a natural shape back to a broken tooth
  • fill in slight cracks in a tooth
  • improve the shape of a crooked tooth
  • cover severely discolored teeth 
  • smooth uneven or worn edges of teeth

Will composite bonding be covered by your insurance?

In some cases, composite bonding is not treated like a cosmetic dentistry procedure, especially if the treatment is being done to seal away damaged areas of the teeth that could lead to further problems. Therefore, even if your insurance does not typically cover cosmetic procedures, it may actually cover composite bonding procedures. If it does not, composite bonding is one of the cheaper types of cosmetic dentistry, which means you should be able to work out something with your dentist.