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Composite Bonding or Dental Bonding is a procedure where a dentist applies a material called dental composite or composite resin to the tooth to make it look nicer and more aesthetic. Patients who often come in for this procedure feel their natural teeth (or tooth) are slightly crooked, cracked or chipped, and also sometimes, not as white as they would like.
Composite Bonding can help to fix small problems in a tooth or even a few teeth. The procedure can help to transform the shape, appearance and shade of the patients’ teeth, on the very same day. It is a minimally invasive procedure that improves shape of the teeth by the addition of a tooth coloured composite material, which is then ‘bonded’ to the natural tooth structure. The composite is then hand sculpted to achieve the desired shape to create natural looking teeth. A vast range of composite shades are available to help perfectly match tooth colour.
Composite Bonding is often used in situations where only minor chips or repairs to the teeth are required. Subtle changes to the shape and length of a tooth can be achieved. The procedure requires no needles or drills and is fully reversible. Results can often be achieved on the same day. Composite bonding is often used when natural teeth (or tooth) are a little crooked, not as white, cracked or chipped.
Composite Bonding is different to composite veneers where a much larger change to the shape and size of the teeth is required, although the veneers are made from a similar substance. Composite Bonding is also not the same as composite fillings, also known as white fillings, which are used to address tooth decay.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Composite Bonding used?
Composite Bonding is typically used for patients who seek a cosmetic solution for teeth that are otherwise relatively healthy. It can help address small problems in shape and size for one or multiple teeth. It can also be used to address relatively minor teeth misalignment (crooked teeth). However, it’s generally not used for significant changes to tooth shape, size and structure. Also, if a patient’s bite is crooked as the result of over-bite or under-bite, composite bonding is unlikely to address the issue. Instead, speak with our dentist for a complementary cosmetic consultation to determine if more in-depth work is needed.
What can I expect during my visit?
Composite bonding is a safe procedure that was developed more than 50 years ago. It is very effective for the treatments it’s typically used for and has been widely available for many decades. The procedure now days is very efficient, giving the patient good results in relatively short durations of time.
The procedure typically starts with the removal of a little surface enamel, enabling the dentist to attach the composite resin to the patient’s tooth. This is followed by the application of a bonding agent, to allow the dentist to bond and then shape the resin into the desired form. The dentist will then cure the composite resin with a special light to help bond and harden the material; this is followed by polishing the teeth to finish the procedure. Given the procedure involves a high level of expertise to achieve a natural looking tooth shape and size, it’s advisable to work with a dentist who has experience and a special interest in this area.
Dr. Deepa, our practice principal, is an experienced cosmetic dentist and has been practising composite bonding procedures for over 10 years. She also has the gentlest of touch, helping put nervous patients at ease during the procedure.
What aftercare will I need following Composite Bonding?
Composite materials today are very durable and last for a long time without having to give your treated teeth constant or regular attention. There is usually no need to visit the dentist regularly for care or upkeep. However, it’s advisable for a patient to use reasonable care when eating very hard food types or when using their teeth for activities such as biting or cutting non-food objects. Patients should also avoid biting down on particularly hard foods or ice, in order to prevent tooth cracking and/or breaking the composite material.
We also advise patients to maintain good oral health by regularly having their teeth cleaned and attending regular dental check-up. Mouthwash use can also help improve gum health and gum strength for patients who find their gum-line tougher to maintain after composite bonding treatment.
What are the advantages of Composite Bonding?
Composite Bonding is a good fit for many patients for a few different reasons. First and foremost, it’s a quick procedure and patients only need to visit the dentist usually only once to have the procedure completed. This saves the patient both time and also money. In comparison to this, composite and porcelain veneers will usually take a number of appointments and can take three to four weeks to fully complete.
Another benefit of composite bonding is that the treatment does not damage the underlying tooth. The procedure is the least invasive way of getting a patients teeth restored. The composite material is sculpted onto the teeth surface directly, as a result there is no need to file or drill the patients healthy tooth structure. As a result, there is no damage to the teeth. The procedure is also typically pain free.
Whites Dental provides Composite Bonding treatments including teeth reshaping, cosmetic veneers, porcelain veneers and full smile makeover treatments to patients around us in London Waterloo. We are located in London Waterloo SE1, next to Southwark Tube station. We are also an under 10 mins walk from London Bridge, Southbank, London Waterloo station, Borough and Elephant &Castle stations. Please visit our homepage for more details about our Composite Bonding & Dental Bonding treatments.