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Dental Bonding or Composite Bonding or Teeth Bonding is a procedure where a dentist applies a composite resin to the surface of the tooth to make it look better and more aesthetic. Patients who take up the treatment often feel their natural teeth are a little crooked, chipped or cracked. They sometimes also take up the treatment as they feels their tooth or teeth are not as white as they would like.
Dental Bonding can fix small size, shape, colour and alignment related problems in a tooth or even a few teeth. The treatment can help transform the shape, shade and appearance of the patients’ teeth on the same day. It is a minimally invasive treatment that improves teeth shape and size by the addition of a tooth coloured composite material or resin, which is then ‘bonded’ to the natural structure of the tooth. The composite resin is then hand-sculpted to the desired size and shape to create natural looking beautiful teeth. A vast range of composite resin shades are available to help match tooth colour perfectly.
Dental Bonding is typically used in situations where a patient has minor chips to the tooth or when minor repairs to the teeth are required. Subtle changes to the length, shape and size of a tooth can be achieved with dental bonding. Also, the treatment requires no drills or needles and is reversible. Results can typically be achieved on the very same day. Dental bonding is typically used when a patient’s natural teeth are a little crooked, cracked, chipped or not as white.
Dental Bonding is different to composite veneers where a more substantial change to the size and shape of the teeth is achieved, although the veneers are made from a similar substance. Dental Bonding is also not the same as composite fillings, also called white fillings, which are used to address tooth decay.
|Composite Bonding||from £160|
|Composite Veneers||from £450|
|Porcelain Veneers||from £600|
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
When can Dental Bonding be used?
Dental Bonding is typically used as a cosmetic solution for teeth that are otherwise generally healthy. The procedure can help address relatively smaller problems in size and shape for one or more teeth. It can also help address relatively minor teeth misalignment issues (for example – crooked teeth). However, dental bonding not used for major changes to tooth size, shape and structure. Also, if a patient’s bite is crooked due to under-bite or over-bite, dental bonding is unlikely to fix the issue. Instead, we advise patients to speak with our dentist for a complementary cosmetic consultation to determine what dental procedures could help address the issue.
What can I expect during my Dental Bonding appointment?
Dental Bonding is a very safe treatment that was developed over 50 years ago. It has been used very effective for the treatments it’s typically used for many decades. The dental bonding procedure these days is very efficient, giving patients very good results in a relatively short duration of time.
Dental Bonding usually starts with the removal of a little amount of tooth surface enamel. This enables the dentist to attach the composite resin to the tooth surface.
This is then followed by the application of a bonding agent, which allows the dentist to bond the composite resin to the tooth surface. The dentist will then shape the composite resin into the desired form and will then cure the resin with a special light to help bond and harden the material. This is followed by polishing the teeth surface to complete the procedure.
The procedure involves a high level of expertise on the part of the dentist to achieve a natural looking tooth size and shape, it’s therefore advisable to work with a dentist who has extensive experience and a special interest in this field of cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Deepa, who is our principal dentist at Whites Dental, is an experienced cosmetic dentist and has been providing dental bonding treatments for over 10 years. She also has a very gentle touch, enabling nervous patients to be at ease over the course of the procedure.
What aftercare will I need following Dental Bonding?
Composite materials are very durable and can last for a long duration of time without having to give treated teeth regular attention. There is no need to visit a dentist for regular care or upkeep of dental bonded teeth. However, we advise patient’s to use reasonable care when eating hard foods or when using their teeth for biting or cutting hard objects. Patients should also try to avoid biting on particularly hard foods or even ice, to prevent the tooth cracking or breaking the composite resin.
We also advise our patients to maintain good oral health and hygiene by having their teeth cleaned regularly and by having regular dental check-ups. Using mouthwash can also help improve gum health and strength for patients who find it tougher to maintain gum-line after dental bonding treatment.
What are the advantages & disadvantages of Dental or Teeth Bonding?
Dental Bonding is a good fix for a lot of patients for a number of reasons. First, it’s a quick procedure and patients only need to visit the dentist once (typically) to have the treatment completed. It’s a one visit treatment. This saves the patient time and money. In contrast, porcelain veneers take a number of appointments – often up to three weeks to complete.
A second advantage of dental or resin bonding is that the procedure doesn’t damage the underlying tooth structure. It is one of the least invasive way of getting your teeth restored. The composite resin is sculpted directly onto the teeth – there is no need to drill or file your existing tooth structure. There is therefore no pain or damage to the teeth.
Drilling teeth, no matter how talented the dentist, always increases the risk that healthy teeth becoming damaged. This could lead to a patient needing a root canal or eventually implant treatment or perhaps even an extraction.
Whites Dental provides Dental Bonding treatments including teeth reshaping, cosmetic veneers, porcelain veneers and full smile makeover treatments to patients in and around London Waterloo. We are located in London Waterloo SE1, adjacent to Southwark Tube. We are also under 10 mins walk from Southbank, London Bridge, London Waterloo station, Borough and Elephant &Castle stations. Please visit our homepage for more details about our Dental Bonding & Composite Bonding treatments.