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 which 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 anesthetic 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 5 years from a composite before it needs replenished.
Is Composite Bonding Expensive?
Composite bonding is generally the least expensive of all cosmetic dental procedures. At Devonshire Dental Care our composites range from £60 to £105 depending on how many surfaces involved.
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.
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