The composite resins that white fillings are composed of – which the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) explains as “a blend of plastics and small glass particles” – aren’t just good for repairing cavities; they can also be used to change the colour or shape of a tooth.
The procedure is simple and consists of just one appointment.
Your dentist will first choose the shade of composite that best matches your tooth colour.
After removing the decay, he or she will use a special curing (Ultraviolet and Infrared Wavelength) light to harden each layer of filling material. The filling will be shaped to fit your tooth and polished so that it remains smooth and resistant to staining.
Our cosmetic dentist will coat your teeth with a thin layer of acrylic resin and sculpt it into the correct shape to match your tooth. The acrylic is matched to the colour of your natural teeth. The results will be amazingly natural.
These fillings can often be completed in a single visit and can significantly change the appearance of your smile. The result is similar to porcelain veneers, but less expensive.
However, plastic resin is not as strong as tooth enamel and is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Veneers are a more long-lasting solution for chips and gaps.