Composite Bonding – Before and After
Composite bonding or Tooth Bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure used to fix teeth defects in order to improve their appearance. The procedure involves applying a composite material to the front and side surfaces of the tooth; the composite material is then sculpted into the shape the patient desires and hardened by the cosmetic dentist to produce beautifully shaped teeth. The composite material is available in a variety of shades, allowing it to match the texture and colour of your natural teeth exactly. Composite bonding is pain-free given the dentist works on the tooth’s outer enamel. The treatment provides patients with excellent natural-looking teeth.
The composite bonding procedure is used to address a number of cosmetic dentistry related issues – these including fixing chipped, broken or cracked teeth, lightening the colour of discoloured teeth, fixing worn out teeth and closing gap or spaces between teeth. Composite bonding is often a good alternative to using porcelain veneers. Also composite bonding is less invasive as compared to porcelain veneers and therefore causes less damage to the underlying tooth. Porcelain veneers are more invasive on the other hand and cosmetic dental treatment using porcelain veneers can’t be reversed.
Composite Bonding – Procedure
Most composite bonding treatments can usually be completed in 1 or at most 2 visits to the cosmetic dentist. The first visit involves a dental assessment to examine the health of your gums and teeth. The dentist will also discuss your dental needs and aspirations, the cosmetic results you would like to achieve, and then suggest treatment options to you, including tooth bonding, composite and porcelain veneers, explaining the advantages of each option in regard to the results you desire. Treatment can typically be started on the same day. If not, the second appointment is when the dentist will commence treatment. The cosmetic dentist will apply the composite resin material to the teeth and sculpt it into the desired shape. The resin will then be hardened to provide the results you requested. Appointment duration typically depends on the complexity and nature of the changes you want to make to the shape and size of your teeth. Usually, composite bonding treatment can be completed in 1-2 hours for relatively straightforward cosmetic treatments.
Our teeth reshaping treatments are very ethically priced. That typically results in our prices being very competitive.
Dr. Deepa and Dr. Xenia are very experienced cosmetic dentists, with over 20 years of dental experience between the two of them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can have Composite Bonding?
Any individual or person with healthy teeth and gums can undertake composite bonding treatment. Composite bonding is usually used for the following conditions –
How long does composite bonding last?
Composite bonding treatments can last for many years. How long it lasts can vary from patient to patient, however, to give an idea – many of our patient’s mention that their composite bonding treatment has lasted for 10 years even. Composite bonding can last this long if the patient looks after it well. The time for which composite bonding can last often depends on how much bonding was initially done, the patient’s oral hygiene, and oral/eating habits. Composite bonding usually lasts between 3 and 10 years; after this time it will need to be either touched up or perhaps redone.
Is composite bonding safe? Will it damage my teeth?
Composite bonding is one of the least invasive cosmetic dentistry treatments that currently exist. The cosmetic dentist will typically only work on the outer surface of the tooth structure – the enamel – and not drill or damage the underlying healthy tooth. As a result, treatment is very safe and also easily reversible. As no drilling is required, the procedure is painless as well. Most patients usually have their treatment completed in one appointment, usually lasting 1-2 hours.
Whites Dental provides Composite Bonding and associated Cosmetic Dentistry treatments including composite and porcelain veneers and full smile makeovers to patients around us in Central London. Composite Bonding before and after results are available in our image gallery at the top of this page. We are located in London Waterloo, adjacent to Southwark Tube station. We are also an under 10 minutes’ walk from Elephant and Castle, London Bridge, Waterloo, Southbank, and Borough Market. Please visit our Cosmetic Dentistry homepage for more details on our Composite Bonding Before and After results.