Also known as ‘cosmetic bonding’, this treatment is less invasive than veneers (because your natural tooth structure remains completely intact) and can be a very cost effective way to conceal spaces between teeth and repair small chips, cracks and fractures.
It can also be used to lengthen and reshape teeth to improve the overall aesthetic look of your smile.
Composite bonding uses a special resin, which your dentist applies directly onto your teeth to improve their overall look and feel.
The treatment is essentially pain-free, because there is no drilling involved and no anaesthesia needed, with results that can last anywhere from 5 - 7 years.
Amazing results using digitally planned composite bonding and avoided the only other alternative which was major surgery to the jaws and extensive orthodontics.
This lovely 65 year old lady didn’t want orthodontic appliances.
Composite bonding provided in a single visit was used to give an immediate result that she was happy with no injections and no drills.
This 35 year old lady didn’t want to invest in the treatment time or cost of orthodontic care and preferred a quick simple result and happy to accept a compromise to improve the appearance of the upper anterior teeth.
Professional Zoom whitening was used to improve the shade and composite bonding used to improve the shape of the upper anterior teeth. Simple reversible option
Composite bonding used to close a space & level uneven edges.
Restoration of tooth with composite filling
A discouloured and chipped tooth restored
Composite bonding of incisal teeth
Composite bonding to improve the appearance of this smile
The treatment we use has been proven safe and is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States. The long-term effects are well-known, but despite it safety record, it is incredibly important that it is administered by a qualified professional.
Like most cosmetic dental procedures, the better you look after your new composite bondings the more likely they are to last a long time. However, due to the nature of the resin material, it can stain over time (especially if you smoke or frequently drink large amounts of tea/coffee) and break or chip away. You should also be careful about the things you chew on- biting your nails or eating hard or sticky sweets can weaken the resin material. However, if you practice good oral hygiene, the treatment should last for 5 - 7 years without needing any repairs.
Unlike veneers- where your teeth are prepared in order to receive the veneers themselves- composite bonding is added to the tooth surface either directly or using a digitally designed stent to ensure the optimum appearance. It is often possible to provide a “trial smile “ to allow the patient to see a prediction of the outcome.
Depending on your needs and expectations, composite bonding can be a very cost effective alternative to other cosmetic treatments, particularly veneers. Although veneers can last longer, they are more invasive, require at least two visits to the dental practice and are irreversible. Composite bonding, on the other hand, is non-invasive, can be easily repaired, be applied in one visit and are generally much cheaper than veneers.
Your dentist will be able to help you weigh the pros and cons of the alternative treatments available before you make a final decision.