These composite resins can also be used to change the color or shape of a tooth. The procedure is simple and consists of just one appointment. Our dentist will first choose the shade of composite that best matches your tooth color with your help and after removing the decay, he will use a special curing 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.
One of the leading advantages of composites is that, with a good color match, it's almost impossible to see that the tooth had to be restored. And because these fillings bond directly to the enamel, they're strong and resist wear, usually lasting more than five years. With current advances in composite materials, many are holding up even longer. Although they cost less than gold fillings, composites are more expensive than amalgams.
To keep your white fillings looking their best, and to prevent the need for any more repairs, you'll want to stay on top of even the most basic oral hygiene.
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush, and make a habit of flossing once a day. Limit sugary snacks smoking and drinks with a high sugar content, and see your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.