What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a great way to improve smile by delicately bonding a tooth like material to the tooth to alter it's shape and colour.
It is a less invasive, faster and more affordable option than traditional ceramic crowns and veneers. Most importantly this means that your tooth isn't drilled down to accommodate the material.
The procedure gets its name because composite resin material (which is set under UV light) l is delicately sculpting over the imperfections on the teeth to create the appearance of a more straighter balanced smile.
Who can have composite bonding?
Composite bonding is not for everyone and at your consultation wen will discuss this with you and if there is a more appropriate option. This involves
- A detailed assessment
- High resolution Photographs
- Digital scans and Digital x-rays when needed
The most common situtations when composite bonding can be used are to:
Repair chipped, fractured or cracked teeth
Improve the appearance of stained or discoloured teeth
Close spaces between teeth
Improve the shape of teeth or make them longer
To protect a portion of the tooth's root that has become exposed when gums recede
To treat patients with extensively worn teeth
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure starts with the roughening of the surface enamel, gently micro-preparing the surface of your tooth with an specialised air abrasion unit. This is followed by application of the bonding liquid to the tooth. Then the composite is sculpted onto your teeth to create the perfect shape, and setting it using a high-intensity blue light. Once the material is set, we will carry out any further shaping and polishing, so it matches the sheen of your other teeth.
The treatment time is dependent on the number of teeth required, normally take 30-45 mins per tooth.
Can I whiten my teeth before bonding?
As most composite bonding is done on front teeth I may also give you the option of tooth whitening prior to treatment to allow a better colour match for your teeth. In some cases it allows you to have that brighter smile!
Once you are happy with the colour of your teeth and ready to go proceed with the treatment we will arrange an appointment for you and get started on creating your ideal smile.
Is it expensive?
Composite restoration offers a more affordable alternative to Ceramic, however this has to be compared to the longevity. I will always advised the best procedure based on each individuals specific teeth.
The down side?
the disadvantage of the technique is the longevity. The material is prone to staining and wear over time. It will last as long as it is maintained well, but we estimate replacement every 5-10 years.
How experienced is your dentist?
I carry out bonding on behalf of numerous dentists- who trust me with their patients. Composite bonding was a technique that I always had an affinity with, even before it was common when other dentists were drilling teeth for veneers. As a result I have been bonding for 17years with the same material, in the same practice. This means that I can predictably advise on the best treatment for you- and how long it will last having seen my own work firsthand.
Is it expensive?
Not only is Endodontic treatment often the best option for you the patient, it is also an extremely cost-effective way to treat damaged teeth. Indeed it is less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate, with many root canal treated teeth lasting a full lifetime after the procedure.