Composite bonding is amongst the easiest and least invasive of all cosmetic dental procedures. Bonding is the application of a tooth coloured resin called composite to fix the shape or colour of your tooth. Composite bonding can easily fill gaps, repair chips, fractures, decay and improve discoloured teeth. It is also used to enhance the shape and the colour of teeth when needed. The colour of the resin is matched to your teeth, so it will appear as though it is a natural part of the tooth.

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What are the benefits of composite bonding?

It’s a fast and effective way to fix minor cosmetic issues. The composite is hardened using UV light as soon as it’s applied, resulting in a tooth that can comfortably be used to bite down at the end of the appointment.

Bonding is also a non-invasive procedure, that is to say that no tooth tissue is removed. Alternatives such as crowns and veneers require part of the tooth to be drilled away. For composite bonding to be applied, the surface of the tooth only has to be roughened to help the resin to bond, meaning the structure of the tooth remains intact.

How long does it take?

Composite bonding can be done in one visit.

Will it be painful?

The treatment is not painful, there is usually no need to have an injection for this treatment.

Can I eat straight away?

We advise you allow an hour after having treatment completed to let the composite bonding settle.

When will I need them replacing?

With regular brushing and good oral hygiene, your composite bonding could last for years. This differs for each patient. Your dentist will check them on your 6 monthly check up appointments. Composite bonding will usually need repolishing to keep the nice lustre every few years.

What are the alternatives to composite bonding?

The usual alternative options to composite bonding are crowns and veneers.

Both of these alternatives cause some damage to teeth. Veneers are a popular option which can last for many years but as they are made from porcelain, the tooth has to be cut down to fit them, which causes some permanent damage. Similarly, for a crown to be fitted, a dentist has to remove some of the healthy parts of your tooth.

Bonding is a quick, less expensive and non-invasive procedure, and it can be easily repaired if damaged or broken.

Talk to your dentist about your options. They will be able to advise you on whether composite bonding is the right treatment for you.

How can composite bonding work with tooth whitening?

Composite bonding can also be a solution for staining in teeth and fillings. It can be used alongside teeth whitening treatments to help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile.

If you are planning to have composite bonding, the dentist will typically recommend that you have any teeth whitening treatments first. The composite resin will be selected to match your teeth colour, so it is advisable to get them to your preferred shade before bonding treatment begins. Once the composite bonding has been placed, it is not possible to whiten it further.

How do I care for my composite bonding?

Here are a few tips for ensuring your bond stays strong and unstained:

  • Avoid tea, coffee, smoking and food which may stain for 48 hours after having the procedure done.
  • Brush your teeth often and see the hygienist regularly to maintain good oral health. This will help your composite bonding stay clean and unstained.
  • Avoid biting nails or chewing items such as pen lids, which may chip the material. composite bonding isn’t as strong as a normal tooth so it’s important to take precautions to avoid damage.
  • With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, your composite bonding should last for years.

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