What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding (also known as cosmetic bonding or dental bonding) is a dental treatment, suitable for chipped, cracked, or discoloured teeth. Bonding is the process of applying and moulding dental resin (the same white material used for fillings) to cover up the damage on your tooth/teeth.
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How to know if composite bonding is right for you?
Cosmetic teeth bonding will be the right treatment for you if you have a chip on your tooth, need to even out the edges of your teeth, need to build up one tooth, so your smile looks uniform, or if you need to close a tiny gap. Based on the specifics of your case, cosmetic bonding may not be the best solution.
The best way to find out which specific treatment is right for you is to book a free cosmetic consultation with our senior dentist, Dr Ana Rosa Izidoro. Dr Ana will be able to advise you if bonding will provide you with the results you’re after, or if there’s a better alternative.
Cosmetic bonding for gapped teeth
In some cases of a small gap between the teeth, cosmetic bonding may be an ideal solution. Before opting for closing the gap with bonding, however, you need to consider the following factors:
- If the gap is more than 1mm in width, your bonding may fall off quickly due to the lack of steady support, which will defeat the purpose of the treatment.
- If you’re looking to close a gap between the two front teeth, which is larger than 1 or 2mm, cosmetic bonding would visually enlarge your teeth to a disproportionate level. If your gap is indeed more prominent, the best thing you can do is consider a brace treatment which will close it more naturally.
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The cost of cosmetic teeth bonding will vary based on the work and material needed. To provide you with a quote, we will need to see you for a free cosmetic consultation (fully-refundable deposit required to reserve the time slot for you). During the appointment, Dr Ana will thoroughly examine your teeth, discuss your desired treatment outcome, and provide you with a quote you can take home and think over.
We’re happy to provide finance options if you’re looking to spread the payments of your treatment.
Depending on the type of cosmetic bonding which you will be receiving a hygiene session may be required before your treatment. For the best results of teeth bonding your teeth need to be perfectly clean and tartar-free.
If you plan on having your teeth whitened and receiving teeth bonding to sort out a problem that’s bothering you, then teeth whitening should come first.
When cosmetic bonding is done, the colour of the resin (the composite) is selected to match the shade of your teeth. The composite itself would not be affected by the whitening, which is why it should be done after you’ve achieved the shade of white you’re satisfied with.
Your dentist will administer s local anaesthetic to the gum tissue surrounding the treatment site of the tooth or teeth with a fine needle. They will then clean the teeth to ensure the tooth surface is free of tartar and plaque, and if necessary tooth decay and infection will be treated first.
You will be involved in the composite bonding process and will help choose the shape and colour of your dental restoration. Clinicians first match the tooth colour and dental composite to your tooth shade, for the composite to blend in with the rest of your smile.
After a phosphoric acid gel is applied to the tooth surface for gentle etching, the composite is used and moulded into shape and then cured with an activation-light for secure bonding. Neatly sculpted the dental composite sets and became part of the tooth structure. The teeth are then polished and buffed for a smooth and white, natural finish.
Composite bonding is not considered as strong as metal amalgam fillings (old-style metal fillings). However, the risk of mercury-toxicity is eliminated, as there is no mercury in composite materials. Composite may stain or discolour if you continue with lifestyle habits that cause tooth discolouration and staining, such as drinking coffee and smoking.
Get in touch with our clinic. Our friendly team are on hand to provide you with further information, and our team is highly experienced in cosmetic dentistry and composite bonding techniques.