What is Bonding:
Bonding is the term for restoring teeth with a composite resin. The process consists of etching a tooth and then adding an acrylic ‘bond’ to the enamel. A composite is a mix of a liquid resin and porcelain particles of various sizes. The buzz word in dentistry for composites and Silicon Valley is nano-particles (very small porcelain particles). Composites made with nano-particles are more life like replicating natural luster of teeth.
The picture on the left shows 14 year old restorations on our patient’s two front teeth. I know how old they were because I placed them when she was a twelve. At that time she came for an emergency visit to our office with two broken front teeth. Both her and her Mom were greatly relieved and appreciative that I could immediately repair the teeth. The composites placed during an emergency visit 12 years ago are now showing their age. She is a young adult now ready to enter law school and she asked if we could improve the looks of her front teeth with new restorations. http://drdavidkaplaninscotia.com/a-porcelain-crown-creates-a-great-smile/
Of course we can improve the looks.
In this instance I removed all the old composites first. I etched each tooth and then placed a layer of bonding material over them. I used a beautiful restorative material from 3M material called Filtek Supreme to restore the tooth. Filtek Supreme has a beautiful luster which will stay just like that for many years. You can see the final results on the right. https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/filtek-supreme-ultra-Filtek-Supreme-Ultra-Universal-Restorative/?N=5002385+3294736391&rt=rud
So we have a happy camper here with two beautiful front teeth. She is off to law school and we wish her the best of luck.