Composite Bonding

What is compositeSingle surface composite filling (white or tooth colored) performed on a tooth in the front of the mouth. bonding?

Composite bonding is a fantastic option for anybody seeking a non-invasive cosmetic solution. This treatment can help cover a range of dental imperfections, such as tooth chips, discolouration, irregular positioning, misshapen teeth and small gaps.

A composite resin is matched to the natural colouring of the patient’s tooth. It is then sculpted to the tooth and cured in place to restore the natural shape and colour. Whitening is often done before composite bonding  is applied, as this gives the most predictable results of a bright white smile.

What are some of the benefits of Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a great way to reconstruct parts of a tooth that are damaged, chipped or unevenly discoloured. Composite bonding is recognised for being non-invasive. This makes it a great choice for anybody seeking a long-term solution without undergoing extensive drilling of teeth or needing anaesthetic. This also makes composite bonding a great choice for anxious patients.

Composite bonding typically lasts around 5 years and usually does require maintenance such as polishing, but can be applied and removed with minimal damage the tooth beneath.

How is Composite Bonding applied?

The overall treatment time can vary depending on the number of teeth the composite is being applied to; however, patients can be assured that treatment usually only takes one appointment.

Treatment requires no needles or anaesthetic. Patients who undergo composite bondingA composite resin applied to a tooth to change its shape and/or color. Bonding also refers to how a filling, orthodontic appliance or some fixed partial dentures are attached to teeth. treatment usually feel no pain as the tooth is conditioned and the surface for bonding is roughened.  This then allows the resin to secure itself to the slightly textured surface. This is why composite bonding is an excellent solution for nervous patients – they can be reassured that the treatment will not hurt or damage their teeth. 

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Is Composite Bonding right for me?

Composite bonding may not be suitable right away if you have the following:

  • Habits such as smoking and drinking tea or coffee often stain the composite resin, the composite is prone to discolouring when continuously exposed to nicotine, acids, and tannins.
  • Underbites and overbites due to misalignment of the upper and lower jaw, might need addressing before you get composite bonding, otherwise any eating or speaking difficulties might be made worse. We recommend discussing re-alignment choices with your dentist first, as composite bonding may need to come afterwards.
  • Gum disease can cause the gums to swell and bleed when composite is applied around the gum edges. This needs to be controlled to ensure a healthy foundation for your bonding. I In some cases, composite bonding can even help shape the teeth around the receding gum line to conceal the rootThe anatomic portion of the tooth that is covered by cementum and is located in the alveolus (socket) where it is attached by the periodontal apparatus; radicular portion of tooth. of the teeth.

What are the alternatives to Composite Bonding?

Patients who are seeking out an alternative treatment may look to treatments such as veneers or crowns.  Composite bonding typically lasts 5 years. For some patients they may want a longer-lasting treatment like veneers, which can last 10-15 years depending on multiple factors.

Veneers are made to mimic the size, shape, and colour of the natural tooth, which provides patients with a natural aesthetic smile. They require some enamelHard calcified tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth. to be removed for the custom-made veneerIn the construction of crowns or pontics, a layer of tooth-colored material usually, but not limited to, composite, porcelain, ceramic or acrylic resin, attached to the surface by direct fusion, cemen to be fitted onto the tooth. The process overall takes longer and is spread across numerous appointments as the process is done in stages.

Crowns are tooth-like caps placed on top of the natural tooth. Crowns are a restorative treatment where some of the tooth is removed so there is space to place a crownSimple crown procedure utilizing a porcelain crown fused to non-precious metal and not involving complicated prep. covering the whole tooth. They are usually used to cover imperfections, large fillings or teeth that have already received root canal treatment. Crowns usually last between 5-15 years depending on the material the crown is comprised of, the lifestyle of the wearer and the care they take with their oral habits.

What's the cost of Composite Bonding?

Compared to the cost of veneers, composite bonding is an affordable solution that is also effective at achieving an aesthetic appearance.  Composite bonding can also be more easily reversed and replaced  compared with veneer treatment. 

Tabeo Finance

A quick and easy option to spread the cost of your treatment.
For when your perfect smile is an investment that you want to make, but you don’t have the money right now, we have payment options to suit. Our financing covers any dental treatments over £250 and means you can start your treatments sooner rather than later.
For payment plans of up to 12 months, we offer 0% interest. Payments are made monthly by Direct Debit, at a fixed cost, so there are no surprises.
We use finance through Tabeo, who are experts at offering payment plans. Your Practice will go through the finance options with you and once you’ve chosen the one that’s right for you, you fill out a short form and provide ID, and the application is submitted.
Once it is approved, you’ll need to sign the agreement and the paperwork is processed. As with all financial agreements, you have 14 days as a cooling off period in case you change your mind.

Tabeo may act as credit broker and loan servicer. Depending on your term and credit profile, Tabeo will only introduce you to one suitable lender. Tabeo Broker Limited, incorporated in England & Wales (registration number 10416530), with its registered office at C/O Shs, Fifth Floor, The Terrace, 76 Wardour Street, London, England, W1F 0UR

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Deciding to undergo compositeSingle surface composite filling (white or tooth colored) performed on a tooth in the front of the mouth. bonding can greatly improve a person’s quality of life. Strengthening the damaged tooth or hiding imperfections can greatly impact a person’s confidence and mental health. It can also provide some physical comfort by reinforcing the tooth in resin, strengthening the tooth and for some, improving their ability to bite into foods. Patients looking for a financially suitable solution as well as treatment that will last, may find that composite bonding is the best option for them.

Should you feel like composite bonding is the best treatment option for you, contact your local practice and we can arrange an initial consultation to discuss the treatment and your suitability.

If composite bonding has been recommended as a treatment option, but you are unsure, don't hesitate to get in touch with us so we can discuss ways to make the experience comfortable!

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FAQ's on Composite Bonding

Shameek and the team did a fantastic job of renovating my teeth which I’d chipped over fifteen years ago. I didn’t think they needed to be re-done with composite bonding however the difference is incredible.
Sachin Ladwa - Rosebank Dental Clinic

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