Composite Bonding can be used to perfect your smile without the need for veneers.
Patients often present with well aligned teeth but are not quite happy with their smile. Composite bonding can be the solution and involves the bonding of composite resin to edges and front of your teeth.
It may be minor changes a patient requires like fixing one chipped tooth, or a more dramatic change like building symmetry and size to your smile.
The treatment will often involve an assessment where our experienced aesthetic clinicians really gets to know what you want to achieve. They can temporarily place composite on your teeth as a ‘mock up’ to show you what the result could look like.
A subsequent appointment is made where the composite is added to your teeth and you can leave with a new smile!
Before Composite Bonding
After Composite Bonding
Composite Bonding FAQs
How long does composite bonding last?
Like everything – this depends on how well you look after it! Usually we say anything between 3-7 years but is dependent on a number of things, e.g. if you grind your teeth, bite your nails or a diet of hard food can lead to chipping. Composite bonding usually involves a yearly maintenance appointment for polishing and repair of any minor chipping.
What do I need to avoid if I have composite bonding?
In general, even if you don’t have composite bonding, if it’s not food or drink then it probably shouldn’t go in your mouth. Avoid using your teeth to tear open crisp packets and containers. Nail biting should be avoided, habits like pen chewing should be stopped, hard things in your diet like nuts and bones can cause increased wear of teeth and composite.
Heavily staining food and drinks can stain the composite, just like your natural tooth, and you may need more frequent appointments with the hygienist for polishing – tea, coffee, red wine, turmeric, curry. Just imagine anything you would want to avoid spilling down a white shirt!
What’s the difference between composite bonding and composite veneers?
They are very similar, but a composite veneer will cover the whole of the tooth surface whereas bonding may be on the edges and partially over front surface.
Do I need straight teeth to have composite bonding ?
It is very beneficial to have well aligned teeth before composite bonding. If they are not straight then the composite will be thick in some areas and thin in others and you will not have your optimum functionality and aesthetics.