About Composite Bonding
Composite is a tooth-coloured filling material used for patients seeking an aesthetic improvement in their smile in a minimally invasive way. In most cases there will be no removal of your natural tooth structure.
Teeth that are dis-coloured, chipped, rotated, spaced or just uneven can be transformed by bonding composite onto the edges of the teeth or layering it over the surface.
If you are looking for a change in your smile, composite can be an excellent material to use on its own, or in combination with other treatments (such as Invisalign or Whitening).
Is it right for me?
Composite bonding can improve the appearance of discoloured, chipped, cracked, or misaligned teeth. The resin material is carefully shaped and polished to match the colour and shape of the surrounding teeth, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
How long does it last?
Composite bonding is a durable and long-lasting dental treatment that can last for up to 5 years with proper oral hygiene and regular polishes.
What are the benefits of Composite bonding?
Composite conserves the integrity of your natural tooth structure (there is no filing of the natural teeth). Composite bonding/veneers are often referred to as “same day veneers”, this is because they can be placed in a single visit and the process is less complicated than porcelain veneers.
Does it look natural?
There is an art to what we do – your dentist will match the resin to the shade of your surrounding teeth for a natural, blended look.
Composite is a completely adjustable material, so your dentist will always book a “review and adjust” appointment a few weeks after your bonding appointment. By the time your review appointment has come around, you will have had sufficient time to get used to your new smile and might like some minor adjustments. There is no limit on the number of adjustments we can do to your composite restorations – we will ensure complete satisfaction with your new smile.
Does it affect my natural teeth?
Unlike other dental procedures that require the removal of tooth enamel, composite bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require the removal of any healthy tooth structure.
Does it require significant upkeep?
In terms of maintenance, composite bonding does require some level of upkeep to keep the bonded teeth looking their best. This includes regular brushing and flossing to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent staining, avoiding hard or sticky foods that could damage the bonding material, and avoiding habits such as biting your nails that could chip or break the bonding.
Additionally, the bonding material used in composite bonding can be susceptible to discoloration over time, especially if you consume certain drinks (coffee and red wine) or smoke. Therefore, periodic polishing is necessary to maintain the appearance of the bonded teeth. Your dentist will provide you with specific recommendations on how to care for your bonded teeth and make them last as long as possible.
How long will it take to start treatment?
A full dental health assessment is required to create the best treatment plan for you. If any general treatment is required to establish good oral health, this will be completed in advance of cosmetic treatment. We will often require you to see our hygienist to ensure that the gums are perfectly healthy, any staining has been removed and you understand how to keep the restorations clean.
Any teeth whitening must be completed before composite treatment is carried out. Once these steps have been taken your bonding appointment will be booked and your new smile is just around the corner! Finally, a “review and adjust” appointment be arranged 3-4 weeks later.
Why choose Composite over Porcelain Veneers?
There are pros and cons of both treatments. Composite is less invasive than porcelain, so in most cases the natural tooth structure is retained. Composite bonding is carried out in a single visit, whereas porcelain veneers require multiple visits. Composite is less expensive; however, porcelain lasts longer, doesn’t stain, nor require regular polishing. Both materials are made to look very natural and great results can be achieved with both.
Is it painful?
Composite bonding is a quick and painless procedure that can usually be completed in a single visit to the dentist. Local anesthesia is typically not needed, and the procedure can be completed in as little as 30 minutes per tooth.
How does my bite affect suitability for composite veneers?
The suitability for composite veneers is influenced by various factors, including your bite or occlusion. Composite veneers are thin layers of tooth-coloured resin material that are applied to the front surfaces of teeth to improve their appearance. Your bite, which refers to the way your upper and lower teeth come together when you close your mouth, can play a role in determining whether composite veneers are a suitable option for you. An improper bite alignment can impact the longevity and success of veneers. If you have a misaligned bite, such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, it can put uneven pressure on your teeth. This uneven pressure may cause veneers to chip, crack, or wear down prematurely.
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