Dr. Stephen Hoard, an experienced North Carolina cosmetic dentist, provides numerous cosmetic, restorative and implant procedures. One of the most requested dental treatments at his practice is a procedure known as composite bonding.
Composite bonding uses a tooth-colored resin, a durable plastic material, to repair and improve problem teeth. The treatment requires both precision and artistry on the part of the cosmetic dentist, who performs the procedure without the use of dental molds and impressions. Dentists apply the composite material directly to affected teeth and carefully shaped them by hand.
Although composite bonding has some limitations, it is a viable option for numerous dental problems. Dentists use the procedure to repair decayed, chipped or cracked teeth; improve discolored teeth; close gaps between teeth; change the length and shape of teeth; and more. Composite bonding is best suited for small cosmetic changes and temporary corrections, since bonding materials are not as strong or stain-resistant as other restorative procedures, like crowns and fillings.
Dental composites are made of tooth-colored, putty-like synthetic resins. The custom-blended material is applied directly to the tooth, sculpted into shape and hardened with a special ultraviolet curing light or laser. The bonding procedure is minimally invasive and usually requires only one visit to the dentist. Very little advance preparation is required, and the dentist can perform some procedures without anesthesia.
Dr. Stephen Hoard draws upon years of experience and artistic ability to provide his patients with pleasing, natural-looking results. He often combines composite bonding with other cosmetic procedures as part of a patient’s overall smile design.