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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.
Everyone deserves to smile with confidence and composite bonding can help. Here at Fresh Smile Clinic, our experts have put together a handy guide to the treatment to answer your frequently asked questions. So, whether you’re about to embark on composite bonding treatment or you just want to find out whether dental composite bonding is for you, read on to find out more.
What is composite bonding?
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.
What are the alternatives to composite bonding?
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.
Can you whiten composite bonding
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.
What are the benefits of composite bonding?
Creates a straighter, whiter smile
A painless procedure
It's quick - and can be completed in a single visit to the dentist
Non-invasive - no drilling is required and there is no damage to the tooth or tooth enamel underneath
How long does composite bonding last?
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.
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