Composite bonding is a way of repairing or improving the appearance of your teeth.
It can be direct or indirect cosmetic bonding.
Direct composite teeth bonding is done in the mouth during a single appointment, so the finished result is immediate.
Indirect composite dental bonding involves restorations being made outside of the mouth. This may be done in a dental laboratory in which case the treatment is over 2 visits or sometimes at the practice within a single appointment.
Composite bonding may be used to restore a specific part of a tooth (including edge bonding) or it may be in the form of composite veneer teeth, where the whole visible surface of a tooth is covered by the restoration.
The applications of composite bonding are similar to the applications of porcelain veneers.
Composite bonding is a lower cost procedure than porcelain veneers. In general, composite restorations have a shorter life than porcelain veneers. Composite is more prone to deterioration including staining and chipping. Indirect composite restorations are stronger and more stain-resistant than direct composite but less stable than porcelain.
The direct composite bonding technique is useful because it is quick to do, delivers instant results, and is less expensive. It can be used as a “trial” to see the potential benefits prior to porcelain restorations.