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What is Composite Bonding?

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Your smile is one of your most important assets, and if you’re looking for a way to improve its appearance, composite bonding could be the perfect solution. This versatile cosmetic dental treatment offers a quick and effective way to address a variety of minor imperfections, leaving you with a more confident and radiant smile.

A before, during, and after photo of a patient who undertook Invisalign, composite bonding, and teeth whitening treatments from Bespoke Smile.

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding, also known as dental bonding or tooth bonding, is a cosmetic dental procedure where a tooth-coloured composite resin material is applied to a tooth to improve its appearance or to repair minor dental problems such as chips, cracks, or gaps between teeth. Composite bonding is used to improve the appearance of tooth surfaces and edges to make a smile more harmonious.

Composite bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to improve the appearance of your teeth. The resin can be used to:

  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • Change the shape of teeth
  • Mask mild discoloration
  • Lengthen teeth

Because the composite resin is matched to the natural colour of your teeth, the results look incredibly natural and seamless.

How much does composite bonding cost?

The cost of composite bonding can vary depending on several factors, such as the number of teeth being treated, the complexity of the procedure, and your dentist’s location. However, it is generally considered a more affordable option compared to other cosmetic dental treatments like porcelain veneers.

Benefits of composite bonding

Composite bonding offers several advantages over other cosmetic dental procedures, including:

  • Unlike veneers, which require removing a small amount of tooth enamel, composite bonding typically requires no tooth removal.
  • The procedure can often be completed in just one visit to the dentist.
  • The composite resin is carefully matched to your natural tooth colour for a seamless appearance.
  • Compared to other cosmetic options, composite bonding price is typically more affordable.
  • Unlike veneers, composite bonding can be removed if necessary.

Whether you’re dealing with chipped teeth, gaps, or minor imperfections, composite bonding can meticulously shape and sculpt your smile into a masterpiece.

What is the procedure for composite bonding?

The composite bonding procedure is relatively simple and painless. Here’s a general overview:

  • Consultation: During your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss your goals and assess your suitability for composite bonding.
  • Tooth preparation: The tooth surface will be gently cleaned and roughened to allow for better bonding.
  • Resin application: The dentist will apply the composite resin in thin layers and sculpt it to the desired shape.
  • Hardening: A special light is used to harden the resin.
  • Polishing: The final step involves polishing the composite material to match the sheen of your natural teeth.

How long does composite bonding last?

Composite bonding typically lasts between 3 and 10 years, with an average lifespan of 5 years. However, this can vary depending on several factors, including:

  • Your oral hygiene habits: Brushing and flossing regularly and attending regular dental checkups can help to extend the life of your composite bonding.
  • The location and size of the bonding: Bonding on teeth that are subjected to more wear and tear, such as front teeth, may not last as long as bonding on other teeth. Larger areas of bonding are also more likely to chip or break.
  • Your diet: Chewing on hard foods or consuming sugary drinks can damage composite bonding.
  • Habits like teeth grinding: If you grind your teeth, you may be more likely to chip or break your composite bonding.

With good care, composite bonding can last for many years. However, it is important to be aware of the signs that your bonding may need to be replaced, such as chipping, cracking, staining, or discolouration.

Looking after composite bonding

To ensure the longevity of your composite bonding, it’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and attending regular dental checkups. Additionally, avoiding habits like smoking or chewing on hard objects can help prevent damage to the bonding material.

Your smile, your masterpiece

Composite bonding isn’t just about fixing flaws; it’s about enhancing the entire essence of your smile. It’s about celebrating the quirks that make your smile uniquely yours. It’s also a relatively simple and non-invasive procedure that can be completed in a single dental visit, improving the appearance of teeth that are stained, discoloured, chipped, or cracked. It can also be used to fill gaps between teeth or to make teeth appear longer.

Dr Sam Jethwa, clinical lead of Bespoke Smile and President-Elect of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was even interviewed about Composite Bonding in Glamour magazine.

Composite bonding is a versatile and affordable cosmetic dental treatment that can significantly enhance your smile. If you’re considering improving the appearance of your teeth, schedule a consultation with us today to discuss whether composite bonding is right for you.

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