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Composite bonding is a minimally invasive and versatile treatment that uses a tooth-coloured composite resin material, carefully sculpted, to change the shape, colour and/or alignment of your teeth.

It is also used for closing gaps between the teeth, and repairing breaks or chips that can occur. Depending on your need, it can be used for both minor modifications, as well as more complicated tooth reconstructions.

The main benefits are:

  • Usually, no injections are needed
  • No significant drilling of your natural tooth
  • Results in a single treatment visit (separate consultation visits needed).
  • Easily repaired if it was to chip or break

Providing you have a healthy mouth that can accommodate the treatment, your dentist will take the following steps:

  1. They will start by choosing a resin that best matches your natural tooth colour. Often the teeth are whitened first to provide a brighter base colour for the smile, and the composite resin is then matched to the lighter colour.
  2. Once this has been chosen, your tooth surfaces to be treated will need to be slightly roughened to prepare the surface for bonding.
  3. A bonding liquid is then applied that helps the adhesion of the resin.
  4. The composite resin will then be applied to the required area(s) and sculpted into the required shape.
  5. Using a blue light (similar to ultraviolet light) the resin is hardened before undergoing a final shaping.
  6. The final stage is to polish the resin until it blends seamlessly with the rest of the tooth/teeth.

Your dentist will usually then arrange a review appointment for some final tweaks and polishing, to make sure you are extremely happy with the final result.


What is the treatment process?

As with all of our treatments, the key is to start with a thorough initial consultation. This is to ensure that you are happy with everything that is involved with your treatment, including the options available, the costs and the full process.

Your dentist will discuss all the available options with you, including how many teeth should be treated to give you the best result. Often 8 to 10 teeth are treated to give a fuller more symmetrical smile.

What’s involved in composite bonding aftercare?

Caring for your composite bonding effectively will determine its longevity. With good care, composite bonding can last between 5-7 years. Yearly repolishing and regular visits to the dentist and hygienist will help to keep it looking fresh and help deal with any stain that may build up around the edges. A time will come however when the composite will need to be removed and replaced, or at least resurfaced, to restore its shine and natural appearance.

It is important to remember that composite bonding isn’t quite as strong as a natural tooth, so it’s important to employ a bit of caution when eating or chewing anything hard. A perfect excuse to give up any nail-biting or pen-chewing habits! When it comes to foodstuffs, as with natural teeth, composite bonding can stain, so we recommend you avoid tea, coffee, red wine, smoking and food which may stain for 48 hours after having the procedure done, and ideally permanently adjust your intake to preserve the colour of composite and minimise staining. Whitening treatments can also help minimise staining. Brushing your teeth often and seeing the hygienist regularly will help to preserve your composite bonding whilst maintaining good oral health.

What are the risks with composite bonding?

The two main risks are chipping and staining. Chipping can occur either due to a tooth-grinding habit you may have or due to biting on something hard. If your dentist identifies any signs that you may grind your teeth, he or she may recommend that you wear a mouthguard at night to protect the composites. We highly recommend that you avoid chewing hard things to minimise the risk of the composite chipping.

Staining usually occurs at the edges of the composite, where it meets the natural tooth. Immaculate oral hygiene and minimising the intake of foods and drinks that can stain teeth (ex: tea, coffee, red wine) will help minimise the stain build-up. Seeing the hygienist regularly for professional cleanings is also highly recommended. Your dentist will also likely want to see you periodically to re-polish the composites.

What are some alternatives to composite bonding?

Porcelain veneers are a more durable, but more expensive alternative option to composite bonding. These do require some removal of tooth structure and more visits to complete.

Tooth straightening sometimes can be viewed as an alternative to composite bonding. But more often than not it is advisable to straighten the teeth and then carry out the composite bonding for the best results. The same can be said for tooth whitening treatment.

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Composite Bonding
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What's involved

  • Consultation
  • X-rays
  • Photographs
  • Bonding appointment
  • Review appointment
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