When most parents were young, getting fillings meant having ugly metallic-looking teeth made from silver-based fillings. But now, children and adults can get fillings that look natural and resemble their natural tooth color. Natural-looking composite resin fillings restore the teeth while increasing their bite strength and general hardness. Whether young, old or some age in between, having a beautiful smile boosts self-confidence and self-esteem.
Composite Resin Fillings Can Match Tooth Color
Instead of having gray, lead-looking fillings, people can have composite resin fillings that are matched to the tooth color and look far better and last longer than their old metal-based counterparts. Composite resin is made from a combination of plastic and glass and commonly are used to restore teeth as fillings or crowns and are capable of performing tooth restoration. Dentists apply the substance by layering the composite resin and using a UV light to make the resin harden. After the cavity is filled, the dentist can shape it to match the natural contours of the tooth that has been restored.
Many Advantages and Few Disadvantages
Composite resin fillings cost slightly more than silver-based fillings and can wear out a little sooner, but they are nearly invisible when used to restore teeth. Another significant advantage is that composite resin fillings are much faster to do than silver fillings and enable people to eat and chew normally after they leave the dental office. Silver fillings take longer to cure and reach suitable hardness to enable proper chewing for at least a couple of days and sometimes longer. Composite fillings are susceptible to staining, just as the teeth are, when drinking coffee, wine, tea, sodas or smoking cigarettes. But they still look far better than silver fillings that also can leave a metallic taste in the mouth.
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