Bonding and Composite Veneering
Front teeth sometimes are turned (rotated), undersized, severely chipped, heavily discolored, decayed, or have fillings that are failing. It is not uncommon for a tooth or group of teeth to have a combination of these problems. Depending on the severity of the problem, composite bonding and veneering may be an option.
An advantage of this service is that artistic control is directly under the control of the dentist. Appropriate colored bonding resins are chosen by the dentist with the patient’s input and can be viewed on the tooth as a trial “mock up”. Frequently the procedure can be accomplished in one treatment visit, as bonding does involve the dental laboratory.
Disadvantages of bonding and composite veneering include the following. This technique is not appropriate for teeth that are structurally weakened due to severe damage, as bonded fillings are made of plastic resin and quartz filler particles (of different sizes). Over time, the resin matrix of bonding can degrade, especially in the presence of alcohol. The edges of a bonded restoration can potentially pick up stain from red wine, grape juice, blueberries, tobacco, and other heavily pigmented foods. All things being ideal, however, Dr. Brother has done bonded composite veneers that look almost unchanged over ten years when done where properly indicated.