Same-day smile transformations
Minor imperfections can damage your confidence. Chips, cracks, discolouration, thinning enamel, gaps and crooked teeth can make it difficult for you to smile with confidence.
Composite bonding is a revolutionary new treatment that can fix minor imperfections in just one visit. Instead of creating a porcelain crown or veneer, the material is applied directly to the teeth and shaped. This also means minimal preparation of the underlying tooth structure.
What is composite bonding?
Composite Bonding is when a white filling material is bonded to the enamel of your tooth to repair chips or to improve the shade and shape or even to close small spaces between teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require your dentist to drill away some healthy tooth structure, composites can be applied in one visit with no tooth removal.
what are the main benefits of composite?
- Composite bonding is minimally invasive (minimal amount of healthy tooth reduction is required)
- Immediate results – Composite bonding can often be accomplished in one visit.
- Easily repairable and usually reversible.
- Beautiful tooth like appearance
- Often does not even require an injection.
Am I a candidate for composite bonding?
Most people are candidates for this procedure. One of the main stumbling blocks however is the bite. If there is a heavy biting contact on a tooth that has had composite bonding, it may fracture off.
Is composite bonding painful?
Not at all. Bonding is painless and often performed without the use of an anaesthetic since very little tooth removal is necessary.
Are composites natural looking?
Yes. Composite bonding is one of the most natural-looking cosmetic dental restorations if done properly. However, porcelain can sometimes be slightly better.
Does composite stain or discolor?
In time composites can stain. At Devonshire Dental Care we use Venus Pearl which is a very stain resistant composite if polished correctly. Even so you may require the composite to be buffed every few years or a new layer of composite added to replenish its gloss finish.
Does a bonded tooth require extra care?
Yes. In order to prevent fracture, it is advisable to avoid biting into hard objects such as ice cubes and hard sweets. Fingernail biting should also be avoided.
how long does composite last?
Good oral hygiene can improve the lifespan of your composite bonding. If you have good oral hygiene you may expect more than 2 years from a composite before it needs to be replenished.
Is composite bonding expensive?
Composite bonding is generally the least expensive of all cosmetic dental procedures. At Devonshire Dental Care our composites bonding options start at £210 per tooth.
How much time does composite bonding require?
Most bonding procedures can be completed in one visit resulting instantly in a beautiful smile. The length of the visit varies according to the procedure.
Who should consider composite bonding?
People of all ages can benefit by the cosmetic technique of bonding. Children, adolescents and adults can improve their smiles and appearance with composite bonding. Be sure to ask your dentist about how composite can benefit your smile.
How does composite bonding work?
Composite bonding uses a resin material, similar to that used in white fillings. Your teeth are prepared to allow the composite material to bond to your teeth. The composite resin is then carefully colour matched to the surrounding teeth.
The material is applied directly to the tooth, shaped and then hardened with a UV light. You can leave the practice with a dramatically different smile the same day, with no need to wait for crowns or veneers. You can have composite bonding applied to a single tooth or multiple teeth to create subtle but impactful changes to your smile.
What can composite bonding fix?
Composite bonding is ideally used for minor imperfections. This can include chips, cracks and uneven edges. It can also change the shape of a tooth, making it appear straighter, which can be a great alternative to veneers. Composite bonding can close gaps in your smile, which makes it an excellent alternative to braces.
In cases of thinning enamel, the ends of your teeth might appear darker and have jagged edges. Composite bonding will not only help to improve the appearance of thinning enamel, but it will also help to protect the underlying structure. And finally, composite bonding can also make your teeth appear whiter. This is ideal if you are unable to whiten your teeth with traditional teeth whitening.
Do you offer composite veneers?
By applying composite bonding to multiple teeth, it’s possible to create the illusion of a veneer, without the need to prepare the underlying tooth structure. If you are on a budget, this type of treatment can be a welcome alternative to porcelain veneers.
The benefit of a composite veneer is that it isn’t permanent. The composite material will wear down over time, which will give you the opportunity to decide if you would like to invest in veneers or reapply the composite bonding treatment.