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About Composite Bonding
Composite bonding (also known as tooth bonding or dental bonding) not only offers a solution for minor damage or gaps in teeth but can also transform a smile.
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The composite resin which is applied to the tooth can also correct discolouration. The resin can be applied in many desired shades – either matching the current tooth or enhancing to a lighter shade.
Composite bonding can usually be carried out in just one visit to the dentist. It’s a fast and effective way to fix minor cosmetic issues.
Bonding is also a non-invasive procedure. With alternatives such as crowns and veneers, part of the tooth is permanently removed. For composite bonding to be applied, the surface of the tooth only has to be roughened to help the resin to bond, meaning the structure of the tooth remains intact.
Composite bonding can be a cost effective alternative to crowns or veneers and with regular brushing and good oral hygiene, your composite bonds should last for years. I like to use a technique of Composite Bonding known as injection moulding and also teach this skill to other dentists and training Specialists.
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Patient Centred Process
We take photos and videos of your current smile which we then use to design your bespoke smile.
Prior to completing your finalised smile, you will attend the practice for a ‘mock up’ appointment, whereby we can test drive the end result and allow you to make any minor changes should you wish to. It’s a great opportunity to see how your final smile will look prior to committing.
Once your smile design is approved by both of us, we then make a silicone mould and proceed with the treatment.
The mould is placed over your teeth and the resin is then injected, covering the entirety of the tooth or filling in minor spaces/chips. The composite resin is hardened using UV light as soon as it’s applied. The mould is then removed and we polish and finesse the final shape.
This is Will. Quite often patients come to me with images of teeth that they like the look of. Will did just this.
Will had previously declined orthodontics and porcelain veneers to procure his desired smile. He desired a squarer edge to his teeth and with the addition of 8 injectable composite bondings to straighten and create symmetry; we also achieved confidence as well as a more youthful smile.
This is Paige. Paige’s main concern were her two front teeth which had discoloured fillings and she also desired an overall brighter smile.
We started with two weeks worth of whitening, followed by a ‘mock up’ and then finalised with eight injectable composite bondings to achieve a brighter, broader smile which not only straightened up her small incisors but restored her central incisors at a new, brighter colour.
This is Georgia. Georgia’s new smile has opened up the rest of her face by ensuring that I kept the teeth as complimentary to her other features and facial shape as possible.
Georgia’s treatment consisted of a crown to replace a previous root canal that had discoloured, as well as 9 injectable composite bondings, to widen, lengthen and lighten the existing teeth.
This is Harry. We started with Harry by discussing elements he may like of my previous patient’s teeth and soon agreed that Harry desired a broader, brighter smile with square edges.
After a successful ‘mock up’ smile, we treated Harry with 8 injectable composite bondings at a bleach colour as requested by Harry.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the composite bonding last?
The average life of composite bonding is 5 years. Around that time you should expect to have them redone or upgraded to porcelain veneers. Bonding has high maintenance: they are prone to chipping, staining and losing their shine. Seeing a hygienist twice a year is highly recommended to keep them as fresh as possible.
What happens if my bonding gets damaged?
The lifespan of bonding is many years and the risk of damage is low. If chipping occurs, I will see you to repair these. Any repairs in the first year are free of charge. Between 1-5 years you should allow for a maintenance budget of £300 per year to allow for hygiene and repairs.
How easy is it to clean?
Composite bondings will tend to stain between the teeth more than natural teeth. Daily flossing will minimise this. Hygiene visits will help to get the stains removed and polish the bondings to a high shine.
Will it affect my eating?
You can eat and drink whatever you want when you have composite bondings. Highly staining food and drinks like black coffee, herbal teas, red wine, curries etc will tend to discolour the bondings ore. Bondings will chip if you accidentally bite down on something hard or if you are prone to tooth grinding at night.