Composite Bonding : its purpose and the treatment process

Why have composite bonding? 

Cosmetic tooth bonding can fix a defect or imperfection in a tooth as a quick, cost-effective way to create your perfect smile. It is often used to repair a decayed, cracked, chipped or discoloured tooth. The procedure can also close small gaps in between teeth and can even lengthen the tooth – you may have a tooth shorter than the rest, and you want them all to be the same length. 

Even if porcelain veneers are your ultimate goal, you can opt for tooth reshaping with cosmetic bonding as an interim solution, while you save for the more expensive treatment.

There is no doubt that the subtle changes composite bonding can create will improve your smile considerably, and help you feel more comfortable about showing off your teeth.  However, it’s always a wise move to talk this over with your dentist, who will confirm whether this is the right move for you. 

The process

The procedure take around 30 to 60 minutes and there is no need for an anaesthetic.

Composite bonding starts with matching your teeth to a shade guide so as to ensure your bonding is the same colour as your natural teeth.  Your dentist will then roughen the surface of your tooth and apply a liquid, which ensures the bonding agent will affix to your tooth. The resin is then added to the liquid on your tooth surface and is moulded to match your other teeth. Then your dentist will use a UV light to harden the material. 

How effective is this treatment?

When compared with the cost of initial porcelain veneer fittings and replacements, composite bonding is cost-effective as, with the right care,  it is demonstrably long-lasting.  

Tips to prolong the life of bonded teeth – in addition to the recommended daily oral hygiene routine –  include avoiding hard or hard to chew foods, limiting your intake of foods and fluids which are more likely to stain your teeth, avoid biting your nails and don’t be tempted to use your teeth as a tool for unscrewing bottle caps or opening plastic packaging!  

Remember that whilst you can admire a friend or relative’s new smile, your own very much depends on the advice only a dentist can give you.  Initial consultations with a respected professional are well worth the effort, both in time and in discovering your options and their cost.