• Composite Bonding

COMPOSITE BONDING

Do you have crooked, cracked, chipped or discoloured teeth? Composite bonding can help restore your teeth to their natural shape, and colour. Composite bonding is a dental procedure that uses materials such as composite resin to improve the appearance of the teeth. 

Composite bonding is not the same thing as composite veneers; they are used to fix smaller problems in just one tooth or a few of your teeth— like veneers, the dentist examines your bite and take an impression of your mouth so that the dental hygiene therapist can carry out bonding according to the prescription of a dentist to make sure the bonding is an appropriate fit for your teeth. In some cases, the whole process of composite bonding can be carried out by your dentist alone without involving the dental hygiene therapist.

Advantages Of Composite Bonding Porcelain Veneer

Only A Visit To The Dentist is needed

Composite bonding is a quick and effective solution for crooked, cracked, chipped or discoloured teeth. You only need a single visit to the dentist or dental hygiene therapist to have the treatment completed, unlike porcelain veneers that take up to three weeks to complete — it saves you time and money. 

It does not damage your healthy tooth or teeth

The procedure of composite bonding does not require your healthy tooth to be damaged, unlike the porcelain veneer that needs your healthy enamel prepped. Prepping is irreversible; that is why younger patients with healthy teeth often prefer composite bonding. Composite bonding is a less invasive treatment that focuses on the health and future of your smile and not just concentrating on the instant result.  

Differences Between Composite Bonding And Porcelain Veneers

Composite bonding is not an invasive dental procedure; this means that there is no prepping of the enamel before the composite materials are sculpted on the teeth.

Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, is an invasive dental procedure; this means that there is prepping of your healthy enamel — the dentist may over-prep your teeth, taking off too much of it and damaging the sensitive underlying tooth structure in the process. Teeth prepping is done to create space for the porcelain so that the teeth will not appear more extensive than the size after the treatment.  Many younger patients with healthy teeth will not take the risk of losing their healthy enamel getting porcelain veneers fitted. 

Timing of treatment is another way these two dental procedure differs — composite bonding takes just an hour or two; the dentist will be through with the process before you know it. 

Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, involves more than one visit to the dentist.  On the first appointment, the dentist takes an impression of your teeth and veneers are made in the lab by a ceramist based on that impression taken — the dentist preps your teeth so that the porcelain layers can fit inappropriately — you will be given temporary veneers while your veneers are produced in the lab. Once the veneers are created in the lab, another appointment will be scheduled to get them fitted to your teeth and another visit scheduled afterwards to make sure they are well suited. The whole process can take three weeks to a month, and you will need to go through the procedure again when porcelain wears out.

Who is suitable for dental bonding?

Not everyone is suitable for composite bonding — the dentist will need to examine your mouth to know if you are fit for the treatment or not.  Patient with underlying gum diseases are not suitable for dental bonding; the dentist will have to treat underlying gum disease first before bonding their teeth for improved aesthetics. Composite bonding can be used to fix gapped teeth, cracked teeth, crooked teeth or discoloured teeth. You can contact Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic on Harley Street, London if you want an experienced dentist to confirm whether you are suitable for dental bonding. You can place a call to us on 02071830755 to book an appointment.

Cost Of Composite Bonding

The price of composite bonding is lower than porcelain veneers, braces and other ways dentists fix your tooth problems.  The low cost of treatment makes it a prevalent procedure — the cost of dental composite bonding of a single tooth is about £150. The result will surprise you when you compare the before and after pictures knowing that this massive difference in your smile cost a few hundred pounds.

Porcelain cost about five times the amount of composites and considering the risk mentioned; composite bonding is a preferable option.  Some patients may feel composite bonding after treatment with braces to achieve more beautiful results.  This helps to line the edges of the teeth correctly after braces; some might consider this as a waste of money if there is no need to improve the teeth colour.

Dental composite bonding is suitable when there is more than one issue to be treated. This means you will close gapped teeth, perfect the edges of chipped teeth and correct the colour of your teeth to improve your smile. 

Tooth Bonding Before And After

At Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic, composite bonding is used to fix some dental issues such as chipped, gapped crooked or discoloured teeth to make every patient have a better smile. When a patient comes for treatment, before and after pictures are taken so that you can compare how well the procedure has improved your teeth. Place a call to us on 02071830755 to book an appointment, if you need an experienced dentist to carry out the composite bonding of your teeth in London.

Whitening is one of the first steps before composite bonding treatment. Composite veneers do not change when they are whitened, but we can colour match your desired shade and then choose the colour and tone of the resin.   Whitening will not be needed if you are happy with the colour of your teeth, but if you are not satisfied with the colour, the whitening dental procedure can give you a brighter shade.

How Long Does Bonding Last?

The lifespan of dental bonding varies —you have a role to play in how long your bonding will last. Scheduling a regular visit to your dentist will help your composites last longer.  Composite can last between 5 - 8 years.  Composite resin is not permanent and will be subject to wear and tear as it gets older, but they can last longer when maintained adequately.

Composite can break or chip at one point or the other. You can always contact us at Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic for composite restoration anytime. Visit us at Harley Street, London or call us on 02071830755 to book an appointment.