Composite Bonding near London Bridge
Gaps between the teeth are often a common dental issue for men and women in London City. We often get patients asking us how they can fix the gaps between their teeth with dental bonding. At Whites Dental, our cosmetic dentists can provide a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help fix gappy teeth – these include dental bonding, composite veneers and teeth alignment (Invisalign braces). We are centrally located in London Waterloo and are walking distance from London Bridge station.
Your smile is probably the first things that others will likely notice about you. Do you have a broken tooth or a gap between your front teeth that you are not happy with? Dental bonding may be the solution for your smile! Dental bonding also known as composite bonding is a great and simple way to improve the appearance of your smile without the need for drilling. It involves the use of a tooth-coloured composite filling material that sticks to your teeth and can be used to repair chipped teeth as well as improving the shape and shade of your teeth. Using modern materials and simple techniques, composite bonding is a faster and affordable alternative to dental veneers or crowns, as it can be done in one single visit to the dentist, which will save you time and money.
Once your teeth are prepared, the bonding can be applied. This material has a putty-like texture that allows your dentist to shape and mould it while it’s already in your mouth. When your dentist is satisfied with how it looks on your front teeth, he or she uses an ultraviolet light to harden the bonding in place. The bonding material is then polished to prevent it from irritating the inside of your lips, and once your dentist is done, you’re all set.
If you want to enjoy your perfect new pearly-white smile for as long as possible, here is what you need to do to expand the lifespan of dental bonding:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with non-abrasive toothpaste and schedule a professional hygiene clean every six months.
- Avoid putting pressure on the bonded tooth (i.e. don’t open food packing with your teeth, don’t chew pen caps, don’t bite your fingernails).
- Avoid bite down on hard candy, ice cubes, and similar substances that can crack the composite material.
- Avoid stain inducing coloured foods and drinks such as red wine, coffee and tea.
- If you are a smoker, you will need to give up smoking. Tobacco is one of the main culprits behind tooth stains, not to mention that it also increases your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Hopefully, new pearly whites will be good enough of a reason to quit smoking!
Why get teeth bonding?
For patients who have healthy natural teeth and wish for a quick solution to improve the appearance of their smile, composite bonding is a fast, painless and affordable option. It is the least invasive way of getting teeth aesthetically restored and is suitable for almost everyone and cheaper than other cosmetic treatments. Usually, tooth bonding takes between 30 to 60 minutes. Some appointments may run longer depending on the scope of the procedure. Bonded teeth do not require special care. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day and see your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings. For the reason that bonding material can chip, it is important to avoid habits such as biting fingernails; chewing on pens, ice, or other hard food objects; or using your bonded teeth as an opener.
What other factors can influence the lifespan of dental bonding?
Apart from oral hygiene and eating habits, there are a few other aspects that may influence the lifespan of dental bonding without you realising it:
- Teeth grinding. If you have a history of grinding your teeth at night, you should wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard will help prevent damage to the bonding; in addition, it will also prevent other dental problems such as tooth sensitivity, jaw pain and tooth cracking.
- The location of the bonding. Dental bonding at the edge of your tooth or on the front teeth is likelier to crack.
- An imperfect bite. keep in mind the composite resin isn’t nearly as strong as your natural enamel, and an imperfect bite can limit its life by putting too much strain on the structure and cause it to wear down sooner than usual.
So, if you have any minor dental problems such as a gap that you are not happy with, the Whites Dental cosmetic team is here to support you on your journey to a brighter smile!
The skill of the dentist is a huge factor when deciding on composite bonding – this is one of the most challenging treatments to do in cosmetic dentistry and only a handful of dentists have the natural abilities or have learned the skills required to produce excellent long term results with these types of veneers.
At Whites Dental our cosmetic dentists are very experienced and have been practicing cosmetic treatments for many many years. Our dentists will be happy to answer questions you may have about cosmetic treatments such as dental bonding including how long does dental bonding usually last. We are based in London Waterloo, adjacent to Southwark Tube station. We are also a 10 minutes’ walk from London Bridge, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo, Southbank and Borough.
Why not give us a call on 0208 616 0590 today to book an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists. You can read more information about cosmetic dentistry below – https://www.whitesdental.co.uk/cosmetic-dentistry/