What Is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is also known as dental bonding or tooth bonding, offering a solution for minor tooth damage or gaps within the teeth. It is a cosmetic treatment used to restore teeth for either cosmetic reasons or to build tooth structure. To fill a chipped tooth, shape or restore original teeth. The composite resin is attached to the tooth and matches the colour of your original teeth. Therefore, appearing natural to your own teeth. The treatment is not necessary, it is purely cosmetic, however, it can help you achieve a smile you are happier about.

Benefits Of Composite Bonding

Composite bonding has two main benefits. Firstly. It is fast and effective often being carried out in just a single visit to the dentist.  The composite is hardened and fixed to the teeth using a curing light as soon as it’s applied. Therefore, resulting in a tooth that can comfortably bite down by the end of the appointment. Secondly, it is also non-invasive unlike other alternatives such as crowns and veneers where part of the tooth is permanently removed. For composite bonding, only the surface of the tooth has to be roughened to bond the resin. Meaning the structure of the tooth remains intact.

Teeth Whitening With Composite Bonding

Teeth whitening and composite bonding can work alongside each other as a solution for strained teeth and fillings. Your dentist will typically recommend that you have any teeth whitening treatments first. This is because the colour of the resin is matched to your teeth. Therefore, having them your preferred shade is ideal before moving towards composite bonding. Then once bonded, it is not possible to whiten it further.

Composite Bonding Procedure

Firstly, your dentist will discuss your personal requirements, fixing a chipped tooth, discolouration, or gaps between teeth. They will then start by choosing a resin colour that matches your tooth colour best to make your teeth look natural. Your teeth or the singular tooth will then be prepared by slightly roughening the surface. It is then coated in a liquid that helps the resin to hold smoothly. Next, the resin is applied and moulded into the required shape, and hardened using a curing light.

How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

With proper care, the bonded teeth will last around 5-6 years before they require any kind of repair or polish. In the first 48 hours, a patient should avoid using tea, coffee and food that could stain. Following this it is advised you brush your teeth and see the hygienist regularly to maintain good oral health. Composite bonded teeth can be more prone to damage or neglect if not maintained correctly. Furthermore, to avoid chipping or breaking the bond it is advisable to avoid biting your nails or hard items such as the end of a pen. Bonds aren’t as strong as a normal tooth so it’s important to take precautions to avoid damage. With proper care, the bonded teeth will last around 5-6 years before they require any kind of repair or polish.

Cheslyn Hay Dental Practice

Talk to your dentist about your options. They will be able to advise you on whether composite bonding is the right treatment for you. Here at Cheslyn Hay Dental Practice as a private dental practice, we offer a variety of dental plans. Our team has the experience, knowledge, and equipment needed to provide first-class dental treatments right here in the UK. Working across the West Midlands, Cannock, and Walsall our cosmetic treatments include, teeth whitening, Invisalign, dental crowns, and composite bonding. To discover more, contact us today and start your smile transformation.