Cosmetic Dentistry in London
A beautiful smile can be a big asset. Hundreds of women and men in London are taking up composite bonding to improve their smile and self-confidence. At Whites Dental, our leading cosmetic dentists can help to create a perfect smile for you using a composite (or dental) bonding.
Is dental bonding permanent?
Do you have a broken tooth or a gap between your front teeth that you are not happy with? Dental bonding may be the answer 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 an affordable and faster alternative to dental crowns or veneers, as it can be done in one single visit to the dentist, which saves you time and money. Whether you have a chipped tooth or you are dealing with discolouration, this cosmetic solution can be just what you need. But once you get your teeth bonded, you may be wondering if it is permanent.
Will you be able to enjoy the wonderful results of dental bonding for a lifetime or will you have to do the procedure again?
Even though dental bonding is long lasting, it is not a fully permanent procedure. With proper care and maintenance, it can last for up to 5 -7 years. Some bad oral habits can damage or reduce the life span of the composite bonding, therefore it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and avoid risk factors, which will be discussed further below.
Why isn’t dental bonding permanent in some cases?
Either porcelain or composite is applied on the damaged tooth during dental bonding. Even though these two materials are strong, they are not as durable as your natural enamel, which is why they will damage or stain over time. Having said that, composite bonding is a completely pain free procedure. No injection or drilling is required. Composite bonding can make cosmetic improvements to your smile quickly, without causing further damage to your teeth and can be easily repaired if damaged or broken.
How can I maintain dental bonding?
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.
- To prevent staining, we suggest avoid eating coloured foods and also drinks such as coffee, red wine 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!
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. Not only will this prevent damage to the bond, but also other dental problems such as jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, 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.
To conclude, how long your bonding lasts will be largely dependent on you. That said, correct diagnosis, talented hands and a great relationship with your dentist will help your composites last longer. Composite resin is not unbreakable and will be subject to wear and tear. Like everything, if you look after them they will last longer!
Composite bonding is appropriate for pretty much every patient. Any little imperfection can be improved with composite bonding. Large gaps between teeth and badly broken down teeth can be built up again with this very conservative treatment.
A healthy smile is a confidence booster. If you have discoloration, a chipped tooth, or a gap and you’re looking for an inexpensive repair, come see us for a consultation. We can determine whether this procedure is right for you, and if not, recommend other options to improve the appearance of your teeth.
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.
If you’re interested in having composite bonding in London, why not call us 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/