Composite bonding is one of the easiest ways to solve different dental problems including chipped or cracked teeth, decaying teeth, discoloured teeth, spaces between teeth, or restoring lost teeth structure. Often this treatment is combined with teeth whitening to correct imperfections and to create a smile makeover.
Composite bonding treatments can make cosmetic improvements to a smile very quickly. The composite resin is applied and sculpted by the dentist to achieve a natural and beautiful result.
The treatment is quick and can be carried out in a single visit to the dental practice. Unlike some of the alternatives, such as crowns or veneers, composite bonding is a non-invasive procedure. It does not require preparing the teeth as for porcelain veneers. The structure of the tooth remains intact and will not be damaged.
The treatment starts with first carefully listening to the patient’s concerns and expectations. We then take photographs and digitally plan the smile, or we do a teeth mock-up. We temporarily place the composite on the patient’s teeth and quickly shape the resin to enable the patient to see what her final bonded teeth would look like. The patient can visualize the final smile before bonding is applied. Because bonding doesn’t require any drilling or minimal preparation, it can be done in one visit at our clinic in Andover.
First, the dentist will help the patient select a shade that matches their natural teeth from the shade guide and then will prepare the teeth for bonding.
The teeth are then coated in a conditioning liquid, which helps the resin bond to the tooth. After the resin is applied, your dentist will shape it and set it using a curing light.
Once the resin is set, it is shaped and polished to reveal the instant and beautiful transformation.
A follow-up appointment is then booked where the dentist will check if the patient is happy with the final result, will check the bite, and can polish or do any minor adjustments if necessary.
Small composite additions to upper teeth can mask minor discrepancies improving the smile instantly!
The treatment was quick, cost-effective and most importantly no preparations of teeth were needed.
Yes, it is particularly great for closing gaps and spaces, however sometimes orthodontics may be required.
It’s hard to put an exact time on the longevity of composite bonding, as with everything its hugely variable depending on factors such as your diet, lifestyle, oral hygiene and habits. The treatment is classed as a permanent one and should look great for many years if well maintained.
The process starts with a consultation where we will assess your dental health and suitability for the treatment. All being well, a treatment plan will be provided which usually consist of tooth whiting first to maximise the natural tooth shade before a single appointment for composite bonding which typically lasts 2-3 hours.