JJ had rough enamel which had always picked up stain. When she noticed the cracks running vertically, she decided to do something about it. This is an example of direct bonding.
RD was planning to be married in two weeks. A friend asked her if she was going to get wedding photos with yellow stains on her teeth. These direct resin bonded fillings were done in less than an hour.
DO had just finished her orthodontic treatment and realized that her lateral tooth was malformed. We placed a direct bonded resin to the back and biting surface. She was very happy with the result.
- Direct Bonding: This is an exciting development in modern dentistry. For the first time, we have the ability to attach something to a tooth without having to cut away tooth structure first. Even though we usually do prepare the teeth, the preparations are much smaller and much stronger than the preparations for the mercury-silver fillings.
The material we use for this direct bonding is a hard resin/composite with very specific color considerations. The resin is usually totally invisible to the naked eye, and fillings are often so lifelike that the teeth appear to be untouched. We use direct bonding for fillings, minor tooth enhancement and to replace unsightly stains in smile zones.
- Indirect Bonding: This is a cosmetically superb way to restore a tooth! We use the direct bonding material (the very hard resin) to laminate (or glue) a durable material like porcelain to a prepared tooth.
One of the advantages of this technique is the ability to spend a lot of time in the lab to perfect the color, fit and position of the restoration before it is placed. The finished restoration looks exactly like a natural tooth.