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How Does Composite Bonding Work?

10 Mar 2023

The little issues with your teeth can add up. If there are several small cracks, chips, stains, or discoloured areas on your teeth, the overall effect on your smile can make you self-conscious. 

Small fractures in your teeth can cause health-related problems too. When the surface of your tooth is compromised, bacteria can enter it and cause an infection. Repairing your teeth doesn’t just have cosmetic benefits; it can help you maintain good oral health too.

One dental treatment that’s often overlooked is composite bonding. Although it may not have the same celebrity appeal as veneers, composite bonding is a simple and effective treatment with exceptional results. 

Here’s how composite bonding works, along with everything else you need to know ahead of getting this type of treatment. 

What Is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding goes by many names. Some people refer to it as “cosmetic bonding”; others call it “tooth” or “resin” bonding. Regardless of the name a dental clinic uses, the procedure and the results are the same. 

The procedure uses a fine tooth-coloured putty-like composite resin to repair various dental problems. Because the resin is easily moulded, we can sculpt and shape it to perfect the look of each individual tooth. 

Once your composite bonding treatment is complete, the enhancements blend seamlessly into your smile, and nobody will know you’ve had the work done. 

What Can Composite Bonding Fix?

One of the beauties of composite bonding is its versatility. We can use this treatment to fix:

  • Chips and cracks 
  • Staining and discolouration
  • Small gaps between teeth

Due to the nature of the composite resin we use, we can build up misshapen teeth to give them a uniform appearance. 

Who Can Have Composite Bonding?

Because of the simplicity and versatility of this treatment option, composite bonding is suitable for most people. We’ll assess the health and appearance of your teeth before confirming whether we think you should have this procedure. 

Sometimes, where the damage is more extensive, we may recommend veneers or crowns. In the case of severe widespread discolouration, teeth whitening might better suit your needs. Similarly, if we’re addressing gaps between your teeth that seem too large, we might suggest an orthodontic treatment like Six Month Smiles or Invisalign. 

What Are the Benefits of Composite Bonding?

If you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective way of repairing your teeth and restoring their appearance, composite bonding may be the answer. 

The difference composite bonding brings to a smile is immediately noticeable. We can usually do the treatment in a single appointment, and you’ll feel an immediate confidence boost when you see your new smile. In fact, you’ll probably want to show it off right away. 

Fixing fractured teeth helps prevent dental infections. By covering cracks and chips, you’ll reduce the potential risks of tooth decay. 

Composite bonding generally costs less than other cosmetic treatments. The procedure is also quick, straightforward, and pain-free, with no recovery time. 

How Does Composite Bonding Work?

Composite bonding is perhaps one of the simplest dental treatments available. Before we begin, we’ll discuss the areas of your teeth that concern you and check that composite bonding is the right procedure to fix these issues. 

Once we’re happy that composite bonding is needed, we’ll start work. To begin, we’ll place small amounts of resin onto the affected areas before skillfully crafting it into shape. This doesn’t take too long, and the length of your treatment depends on how many teeth are being bonded. 

When we’re happy with the appearance of your teeth, we’ll use a special light to harden the resin. After it’s set, we’ll gently smooth rough or sharp edges, so your bonded tooth feels great. 

Does the Composite Bonding Procedure Hurt?

Not only is the composite bonding procedure straightforward, but it’s also usually pain and discomfort-free. No drills are used, and there’s often no need for any anaesthetic. 

What’s the Recovery Time Following Composite Bonding Treatment?

There’s no need to worry about downtime following composite bonding treatment because you can return to your normal life immediately. Because the resin is more susceptible to staining for the first couple of days, avoid drinking tea and coffee and don’t smoke. 

Will Composite Bonding Whiten?

Unfortunately, like fillings, veneers, crowns, and dentures, composite resin cannot be whitened. 

We’ll match up the shade of the resin with the shade of your teeth so the composite bonding looks natural. However, if you want to combine your composite bonding procedure with a professional whitening treatment, let us know, and we can plan accordingly. 

Whitening your teeth before having composite bonding ensures you get the bright smile you’re looking for. 

How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

Generally, composite bonding will last for around five years. It’s important to understand that how long your bonding lasts depends on how well you care for your teeth. Some people find that with the proper care, the results may remain for longer.

How Do You Care for Bonded Teeth?

If you want to see a long-lasting change from your composite bonding treatment, you must take care of your new smile. There are a few simple ways you can do this: 

  • Take good care of your teeth – Brush your teeth twice a day at least, floss, and use mouthwash
  • Visit us for a check-up – Regular check-ups give us a chance to keep an eye on your teeth and to ensure the resin remains in good condition
  • Watch what you bite – Chewing your nails, pen lids, or ice can all damage the composite resin. 
  • Visit us for a hygiene appointment – A hygiene appointment will ensure your bonded teeth continue to look good and remain healthy 

Composite Bonding in Surrey

A great-looking smile can give your self-esteem a lift. Composite bonding is one of the easiest ways to get a smile you’ll love. This versatile treatment is quick and effective. 

With clinics now open in Chessington, Cheam, Worcester Park, Sutton, and Stonecot, Love Teeth has made it easier than ever to get this amazing treatment. 

Call today to schedule your composite bonding consultation. 


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