Does Composite Bonding Damage Teeth

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Cosmetic Dentistry in London Waterloo

A beautiful smile is one of the biggest assets you can have. More and more women and men in London are using one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures to their smile and self-esteem. At Whites Dental, our leading cosmetic dentists can help you create the smile you have always wanted using dental or composite bonding.

Does composite bonding damage teeth?

Composite bonding (also known cosmetic bonding or dental bonding) is quite a modern way to restore teeth, either for cosmetic reasons, or to build up tooth structure that has been lost. Composite bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin material (a durable plastic material) is attached to a tooth and shaped to restore its original appearance and hardened with a UV light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve your smile. The colour of the resin is matched to your teeth, so it will appear as though it is a natural part of the tooth. Bonding is usually used for filling chips, fractures or gaps between teeth, or for fixing discolouration.

Composite bonding is particularly great because it is a non-invasive procedure meaning we don’t remove any tooth structure and the treatment is reversible too, so if you are unhappy with the outcome, your dentist can remove the composite filling. Doing composite bonding does not have any major risks. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the composite resin used with this procedure isn’t as strong as your natural teeth. Therefore, there is a possibility for the material to chip or separate from your real tooth. Chipping or breaking, however, doesn’t occur as often with a crown or veneer. However, with alternatives such as crowns and veneers, part of the tooth is permanently removed.

For composite bonding to be applied, the surface of the tooth only must be roughened to help the resin to bond, meaning the structure of the tooth remains intact.

For What Conditions Is Dental Bonding Considered?

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Dental bonding is an option that can be used:

  • To repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • To improve the appearance of discoloured teeth
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To make teeth look longer
  • To change the shape of teeth
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • To protect a section of the tooth’s root that has been exposed due to gum recession


  • Although the composite material used in dental (or composite) bonding is stain resistant to an extent, it does not resist stains as well as dental crowns do.
  • The composite resin materials do not last as long and they are also not as strong as other procedures, such as veneers, crowns and fillings.
  • Also, bonding materials can break and chip off the tooth.

Why get teeth bonding?

For patients who have healthy natural teeth and desire a quick solution to improve the appearance or 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. You can get immediate results, as it only requires one visit to the dentist. Usually, tooth bonding takes between 30 to 60 minutes. Some appointments may run longer depending on the scope of the procedure.

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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. So, if you have any minor dental problems 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, we have some of London’s leading cosmetic dentists providing state of the art cosmetic dentistry to patients around us in Central London, including composite bonding, veneers, teeth alignment and smile makeovers. We are centrally located in London Waterloo, right across the road from Southwark tube. We are a short 8-10 mins walk from Borough, Southbank, London Bridge , Blackfriars and Elephant and Castle.

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 –