Composites are used extensively in industries such as aerospace, automotive and wind, to replace metal parts because they offer advantages such as better strength to weight ratio, lighter materials and reduced galvanic corrosion. However, traditional bonding techniques can damage and weaken the composite material. Adhesives, on the other hand, allow composites to be bonded without damaging their integrity and thereby retain their full performance characteristics.
There are many different types of adhesives available on the market ranging from humble Scotch tape to powerful industrial-strength glues. Some of the more common types of adhesives used in composite bonding are epoxies, acrylics and urethanes. Each has its own unique advantages and uses.
Epoxies are the strongest of all bonding composites adhesives. They are ideal for applications that require a high load bearing capability and can withstand a wide temperature range. They are also easy to use and cure very quickly. However, they are brittle and not ideal for applications where the surface will be subject to repeated vibration or impact.
Acrylics are less strong than epoxies but have the advantage of having good flexibility and being able to bond to a wide range of materials. They can withstand a fair amount of stress, but not as much vibration or impact as epoxies. They are also less expensive and have a shorter curing time than epoxies.
Urethanes are slightly stronger than acrylics and are more flexible than acrylates. They can withstand a reasonable amount of stress and impact and have an excellent ability to withstand a wide temperature range. They have a good balance between strength and speed of curing, making them a good choice for a variety of applications.
Unlike porcelain veneers, composite bonding doesn’t involve filing down your enamel, and the resin used to repair teeth is custom-created so it matches your natural tooth color. It’s also less expensive than veneers, and can be used to fill gaps in your smile or change the shape of your teeth. It’s also a more permanent treatment than crowns and can be repaired if it chips or breaks.
The best part of composite bonding is that it’s non-invasive. It doesn’t take as long as other dental treatments, so you can get the results you want in one short appointment. You’ll still need a thorough consultation with our dentist in Lakewood, but it’s a quick and less expensive way to improve the appearance of your teeth.
The only downside to composite bonding is that it’s not as durable as porcelain and natural tooth enamel, and you’ll need to take care of it. Avoid chewing hard or foods that are likely to chip your composite bonding, and schedule regular appointments for cleanings to keep it looking its best. If you have any questions about composite bonding, contact our clinic to learn more about this cosmetic treatment. We’d love to help you achieve a more confident, beautiful smile!