Dental bonding is done with a special tooth-colored composite material that adheres to your teeth and becomes almost as hard as your own enamel, and has been used in dentistry for many years. Recent advances in material science have increased the strength, durability, longevity and aesthetics achievable with bonding.
Bonding can solve many cosmetic problems at an affordable price. Stained, gapped, chipped or misaligned teeth can be bonded to give you a reshaped smile, usually in one office visit. The color of the bonding material must match your other teeth so that it appears natural. This color matching may require getting your other teeth to a pleasing color first, either through bleaching or other services. Bonding is not a permanent solution, but, depending on your oral habits, it can last up to 10 years or more, before requiring a new treatment.
Today, bonded composites are highly successful in fixing cavities in back teeth. Modern composites are more conservative and stronger than fillings of the past. Modern bonding is capable of restoring a decayed tooth to original strength and beauty.
Older techniques and materials such as amalgams (better known as silver fillings) have multiple disadvantages. Amalgam (silver fillings) is a blend of metals which expand and contract with hot, cold, and biting. Over time, the old silver fillings can leak and develop recurrent decay and act as destructive wedges, ultimately cracking and fracturing teeth.
Amalgam also contains mercury which has been a highly controversial subject in dentistry. We know mercury to be a toxic material and the issues that are in question include what amount is released from the old silver filling while chewing and normal wear, and what long term effect does it have on the body. We have a better solution in composite bonding. We are pleased to offer a more modern, ideal and safe alternative.