Last medically reviewed by : August 25, 2021
An affordable way to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Patients with chips, cracked or broken teeth can turn to cosmetic bonding for a quick aesthetic fix, which can be applied in just one appointment.
The treatment process uses a tooth-coloured resin that’s applied to the existing tooth, composite bonding can reshape teeth or improve on their existing colour.
The only patients we tend not to recommend this treatment to are smokers or those with crooked teeth – this is because the composite materials are not as resistant to staining as porcelain veneers.
Whilst we are happy to treat smokers and happy to discuss your options, we would often recommend those who wish to continue to smoke to opt for porcelain veneers instead of bonding as they will experience issues around staining.
One of the advantages of composite bonding is that it does not require the removal of any of your existing tooth structure.
In order to bond the resin material, we apply it directly onto the tooth and then craft and shape as we go.
Often described by our patients as pain-free, the procedure requires no anaesthetic or drilling.
All our dentists will do is polish the teeth, then gently add the special, strong resin material.
To finish, we will use a high-grade polish to set and complete!
Veneers and composite bonding target and treat the same oral conditions. Whilst veneers, in this case, are the most expensive alternative, they are priced higher for a reason.
Porcelain is a very strong and highly durable material. It is stain-resistant and can last for a lifetime.
Veneers are permanent procedures, which cannot be reversed.
Composite bonding is not a permanent procedure.
This is because the composite material is not as strong as porcelain and the resin, just like a natural tooth can be affected by staining and discolouration.
As composite bonding is a cosmetic procedure offered by private practising dentists, it is not available to patients on the NHS.
However, patients who wish to spread the cost of their treatments can do so with affordable 0% finance options and finance. Learn more about them here.
For more information concerning the cost of composite bonding visit our fees page, or get in touch with us here.
Alternatively, if you have dental insurance, you can check with your provider if this is covered.
More health information: Is composite resin bonding right for you? Colgate.