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What you should know about composite bonding

What is composite bonding?

Also called dental bonding or tooth bonding, composite bonding is a solution for gaps or minor damage in teeth. When used as a cosmetic treatment, it is not available on the NHS, but at Smiles Clinic London, we offer composite bonding as a private service.

Bonding is a method we employ for treating fractures, filling chips and gaps between teeth, or fixing discoloured teeth.To do this, we attach the composite resin to the teeth and shape them torestore their original appearance.The chosen resincolour will match your teethso that they look natural.

Composite bonding may be what you need for that perfect smile. Contact us today.

Benefits of composite bonding

Composite bonding is a speedy and effective procedure for fixing minor cosmetic issues, and it can be completed within one visit to the practice. After the composite bonding has been applied, it will be hardened using UV light, thereby making your teeth bite down after the appointment comfortably.

This procedure is not invasivelike crowns or veneers where some parts of the teeth are permanently removed.When applying composite bonding, only the tooth's surface will be made roughso that the bonding can stay intact.

Composite bonding is cheaper than crowns or veneers and is a time-saving method of improving your smile. It doesn't cause damage to teeth, and the only maintenance you will need is good oral hygiene. Composite bonding can last for years.

Alternatives to composite bonding

 Instead of composite bonding, you can use:

  • Veneers: Veneers are customised thin mouldings from porcelain that are bonded to your tooth surface.They are used to cover gaps between teeth when it is not suitable to use orthodontic treatment.
  • Crowns: A crown has the shape of a tooth, but it is cap-like and is usually placed on the visible portion of your tooth. When the crown is placed on your tooth, it feels and functions just like every other tooth.When these crowns are made from porcelain, it can be challenging to differentiate them from your other teeth.

Both veneers and crowns usually cause damage to the teeth. For veneers, a tiny portion of your teeth will be scraped off, and for crowns, the tooth has to be cut to fit them. All these are permanent damagesthat composite bonding avoid.

If you want to have composite bonding, you need to talk to your dentist to know if it is suitable.

Is composite bonding available on the NHS?

Composite bonding is not available on the NHS as a cosmetic treatment, but we offer it here atSmiles Clinic London as a private service. We have transparent pricing and will be pleased to discuss our treatment cost with you.

Composite bonding and teeth whitening

Composite bonding can be used as a tooth whitening treatment for people with stained teeth and fillings. It is used alongside other teeth whitening treatments for a perfect and brighter smile.

Before using composite bonding for teeth whitening, your dentist will first recommend other types of teeth whitening treatments. The composite resin will be carefully selected to match the colour of your teeth. After your bonding has been placed, it is not possible to whiten again.

What is the composite bonding treatment process?

It starts with your dentist using a suitable resin colour to match your toothand then preparing your tooth for treatment by making your tooth surface roughbefore applying a liquid to help the resin stick.

The resin will be applied and moulded into the desired tooth shape. Then, a UV light will be used to harden it. After this, your dentist will shape and polish it again to match the rest of your teeth.

How to care for your composite bond

To keep your composite bond unstained and robust, do the following:

  • Wait for 48 hours after finishing the procedure before drinking tea, coffee, or smoking
  • Maintaingood oral hygiene by brushing your teethand visiting your hygienist regularly
  • Do not bite or chew items like pen lids as they may cause the composite bond to chip. These bonds are not as robust as the natural teeth, so you have to be cautious to avoid damage

Composite bonding should last for years if you have good oral hygiene and go for regular check-ups. Inthe case of chipping or breaking of the composite bonding, contact your dentist immediately.

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