A pain-free way to regain your confident smile – composite bonding is a modern and cost-effective cosmetic dental technique used to restore and rejuvenate damaged, misshapen or discoloured teeth.
Using a thin layer of coloured composite resin, tailored to match your individual tooth colour for a seamless application, composite bonding allows your dentist to improve the appearance of your teeth, with no drilling necessary.
Here’s our complete guide on composite teeth bonding.
How does composite bonding work?
Composite bonding, also known as resin bonding, is a dental procedure that uses a fine layer of putty-like resin, placed on top of your natural teeth which is then shaped and moulded to suit your individual needs.
The procedure is simple and doesn’t usually require any form of anaesthetic, unless filling a cavity, and is usually completed in one visit.
What is the procedure involved in Composite bonding?
Firstly, your dentist will discuss your personal requirements, be that a chipped tooth, discolouration, gaps between teeth, or any other oral concerns.
A colour match will be made to ensure that the composite bonding blends seamlessly with the natural colour of your teeth.
If the area being treated requires any numbing, your dentist will do so at this stage. After this, the tooth surface where the composite bonding will be placed will be cleaned thoroughly.
The putty-like resin is then applied and sculpted before being exposed to a special light source called a curling light. This activates the composite, which will then harden and set.
Typically, treatment for one tooth takes on average between half an hour to an hour to complete.
How long does composite bonding last?
Composite bonded teeth can be more prone to damage or neglect if not maintained correctly, so ensuring you follow a good oral hygiene routine is key when it comes to the longevity of your composite bonding.
With proper care, the bonded teeth will last around 5-6 years before they require any kind of repair or polish.
Is composite bonding permanent?
Composite bonding is long-lasting, but not fully permanent. Due to the materials used in the bonding process not being as strong or durable as your natural tooth enamel, the composite will become damaged and stained over time.
Composite bonding pros and cons
- Inexpensive compared to similar, more invasive methods
- Less of the natural tooth is removed or damaged in the application process than with alternative treatments
- The procedure is often completed in a single visit
- Anaesthetic is often not required
- Lifespan of the composite can be lesser than that of alternative solutions
- The treated area can be more prone to damage or breakages
- The materials used are less stain-resistant than other alternative methods
Composite bonding vs veneers
Composite bonding provides patients with a quick, cost-effective way to address a range of oral concerns, with a minimally invasive procedure that can be removed in future.
On the other hand, Porcelain veneers are a better option for those looking for a more permanent solution. Veneers typically last longer than composite bonding and are generally more durable and stain-resistant, however, the application process is much more invasive than that of composite bonding.
Veneers require the natural tooth to be filed and shaped and can cost considerably more than composite bonding during the initial investment, however, are a much longer-lasting solution.
At Windsor Dental, we provide a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments including composite bonding, adult braces, teeth whitening and more.
Our team is always on hand to provide the very best advice when it comes to restoring your smile and advising you on the best options for your teeth. Get in touch today to find out how we can help.