Composite bonding is a popular cosmetic dental treatment for those looking for a straighter, whiter smile. It can be a quick and cost-effective solution to fix broken or discoloured teeth and get the ultimate smile makeover.
Composite bonding is when a composite resin is attached (or bonded) to your natural teeth to fix broken or chipped teeth, close gaps between teeth or hide discolouration. Composite resin is a restorative material that is hard-wearing and mimics natural tooth structure. It is sometimes known as cosmetic bonding or dental bonding. How much is composite bonding Composite bonding cost depends on how many teeth the treatment is applied to and the skill of the dentist carrying out the treatment. It usually costs between £200 - £350 per tooth. It is less expensive than porcelain veneers or crowns. Composite bonding is not available on the NHS as it’s a purely cosmetic procedure.
The treatment you choose depends on your budget and your aesthetic goals. Your dentist will help you decide which procedure is best for you, based on your dental needs and lifestyle. Veneers or crowns are common alternatives to composite bonding. Veneers are very similar to composite bonding treatment. A thin moulding of porcelain is bonded to the surface of the tooth and like composite bonding, will cover gaps and hide chipped teeth or discolouration. Porcelain veneers cover the whole tooth, just like crowns. A crown is a ‘cap’ that is placed over the entirety of your existing tooth and can be made of porcelain or resin. Both crowns and veneers are longer-lasting than composite bonding treatment and are useful for closing gaps where orthodontic treatment isn’t suitable. However, both of these procedures require some damage to teeth in order to fit them, making them a permanent alternative to bonding. Cosmetic bonding is a much quicker, non-invasive procedure that can still be easily maintained in future and is much cheaper than other alternatives.
While composite bonding can create a brighter, whiter smile by hiding stained teeth, it’s not possible to whiten the composite material once it is bonded to your tooth. Your dentist will often recommend that you undergo a teeth whitening procedure before treatment to ensure that the dental bonding is the colour you want your smile to be in the long term. Any tooth decay must be treated before teeth bonding takes place.
On average, composite bonding will last for at least 5 years. It can last up to 7 years if good oral hygiene is maintained. The composite material used in bonding isn’t quite as hard as your natural teeth, so is more prone to damage or breakage when too much pressure is applied. How to care for composite bonding To keep your bonding white and bright, it’s important to keep good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day Keep up to regular dental appointments Reduce the amount of tea and coffee you consume to avoid staining Avoid biting directly onto the tooth and avoid hard or crunchy foods that may chip or weaken bonding. Fresh Smile Clinic specialise in composite bonding, serving Huddersfield, Halifax and surrounding areas. Got a question about the composite bonding process? Get in touch!
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