Do you have cracked or chipped teeth? Are there any gaps between your teeth, or are your teeth crooked? Is there any discolouration on your teeth that’s visible when you smile? Well, the good news is there’s a cost-effective way to deal with any (or all!) of these issues: composite bonding.
What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding, or dental bonding as it as often called, is a popular cosmetic dental procedure where a white composite acrylic resin is applied to one or more teeth which may be affected by small chips, gaps or discolouration.Once applied the resin is moulded and shaped and then hardened using a special light leaving the patient with a stronger, whiter, and more perfect smile.
Composite bonding can:
- Combat tooth decay
- Smooth chips and cracks
- Hide discolouration
- Close gaps
- Improve misshapen teeth
- Cover exposed root due to receding gums
- Lengthen teeth
- Relace amalgam fillings
Why is Composite Bonding so popular?
- In the vast majority of cases, composite bonding is a painless technique and afar simpler and less expensive cosmetic dental procedure than veneersor crowns which are commonly used to address these issues.
- It also offers the benefit of providing significant cosmetic improvements in a short space of time and can help protect the teeth against damage and decay.
- There’s no need for fillings, drilling or damage – making it a popular choice for patients!
Due to these factors, composite bonding has become the treatment of choice for people looking for a fast, affordable smile makeover.
The Composite Bonding Process
If you’re interested in upgrading your smile and improving the health of your teeth with composite bonding, simply follow our 4-step process:
- Step 1: Book your free consultation with one of our experts. We’ll carry out a full examination of your teeth and gums, explain the treatment process and answer any questions you may have.
- Step 2: Following your dental examination, we’ll create a bespoke treatment plan just for you.
- Step 3: Your treatment can begin as soon as you are ready and we’ll start work perfecting your teeth.
- Step 4: Enjoy your new smile!
Composite Bonding vs Veneers
- Generally speaking, composite bonding is better suited to smaller dental restorative adjustments.Veneers tend to work better when you require more significant changes to your teeth.
- With composite bonding, there is no damage to your because the composite material is actually bonded onto your teeth.With veneers, however, your teeth normally have to be reduced down (although we always try to balance aesthetics versus the health of the tooth) to create space for the veneers to be bonded onto your teeth.
Choosing a procedure that is right for you will depend largely on your individual requirements and the outcome you’re looking to achieve.We’ll be happy to advise you of your options in your unique case and provide you with all the information you need to make a decision that’s right for you. Click here to get in touch.
Composite Bonding FAQs
No, you shouldn’t experience any pain during treatment. If there is any slight discomfort a topical anaesthetic can always be applied.
Composite bonding is an extremely effective procedure, once completed your teeth will look completely natural and,unless you choose to point the work out, most people won’t even realise you’ve had any treatment done.
Composite bonding is a great option to address small gaps between teeth. Whether you have just the one small gap or several, the treatment can provide outstanding results. Additionally, by building up your teeth and closing the gaps, you could potentially avoid any need for further orthodontic treatment.
Composite bonding can be used to improve the aesthetics of the bottom teeth as well, but there are some factors that need to be considered before doing it, such as your bite and how your top and bottom teeth meet together. We’ll be happy to advise you about this in your initial appointment.
Whether you need help with the alignment of one or more of your teeth, composite bonding can help.Prior to application, we’ll carefully match the colour of the composite bonding acrylic we’re using to your other teeth. This way we can ensure your results are accurate in terms of shade, translucency, shape and size.
The white filling material is then used to build up the teeth and close gaps: leaving you with a straighter smile and, in many cases, helping you avoid the cost of full orthodontic treatment and the need to wear braces or aligners for a year or more.
You’ll need three. First, a consultation, then your treatment and finally a follow up appointment to check everything is ok. It’ll usually takes about 30-60 minutes to bond one tooth.
Just let us know which teeth you’re concerned about and we can schedule a series of appointments with you to make sure everything is done correctly.
On average bonding lasts between 3 – 7 years depending on how well they are looked after and the size of the bonding. The material used isn’t as hard as your teeth and over time will be subject to everyday wear and tear. The more care you take over your dental hygiene and what you eat will help prolong the dental bonding. Aim to use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid any abrasiveness on the surface of your teeth and, if you use mouthwash, use an alcohol-free one as those containing Ethanol can damage the bonding resin.
Composite bonding isn’t just for people looking for that Hollywood smile – there are also strong clinical reasons for using the treatment.Teeth that are fractured and chipped can often lead to sensitivity, pain and can even deteriorate to the point where the inside of the tooth becomes infected and the tooth requires a costly root canal.
Dentists recommend composite bonding because it enhances the patient’s smile while restoring the structure of the teeth, protecting against decay, and saving you the cost of expensive future dental bills for procedures like extractions and root canals.
Of all the cosmetic dental treatments available, composite bonding is suitable for almost everyone and is one of the most cost-effective and popular cosmetic dental treatments currently available.
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