WHAT IS COMPOSITE BONDING?
Composite bonding (also known as edge bonding, tooth bonding, or dental bonding) is a popular cosmetic solution to restore a tooth’s original appearance. If you’re looking to improve the overall aesthetic of your teeth, composite bonding is a non-invasive treatment that will help you achieve a smile you can feel confident and happy about for years.
This non-invasive process uses a composite resin material to treat teeth with stains, chips, gaps, and misalignments. If your teeth are discoloured, fractured, have jagged edges, or look too small or short, then composite bonding in London could be just the treatment for you. At Finsbury Dental Care we use an iTero Scanner to create a 3D model of your teeth and gums allowing you to preview your smile before treatment. This process involves taking thousands of images of your mouth to create the scan, which is much more comfortable than the traditional process alginate impressions.
Composite bonding involves preparing the surface of the teeth, applying layers of composite resin, then hardening it under a special light. The resin is colour-matched to your existing teeth, making your smile look as natural as possible. Very often this procedure can be completed in a single visit with no drilling of the teeth required!
THE BENEFITS OF COMPOSITE BONDING
Unlike crowns and conventional veneers, composite can be bonded to the tooth without the need for direct preparation or drilling. Even composite veneers can be placed over the entire visible surface of the teeth without the need for drilling! This makes the process much more comfortable, even for nervous dental patients.
Composite bonding is also a more affordable way of improving the colour and shape of your teeth compared to conventional porcelain veneers. It’s especially cost-effective if you have several teeth that need reshaping or resurfacing to create a symmetrical smile.
Being less intrusive and time-consuming than alternative treatments, composite bonding London is a fast and efficient option, providing immediate results. Since the composite material is hardened and cured as soon as it’s applied to the tooth, patients can comfortably bite down and chew again by the end of the appointment.
HOW ARE COMPOSITE VENEERS DIFFERENT FROM EDGE BONDING?
While both options are minimally invasive ways of using dental composite to improve the shape of the teeth, edge bonding focuses on just the edges of the teeth and need to be blended well to the existing tooth structure, while composite veneers cover the entire visible surface and allow for a more drastic overall change in the shape and colour of the treated teeth.
Edge bonding is suitable when the main concern is worn or jagged edges affecting the appearance of your teeth and the evenness of your bite. Composite veneers are suitable for more extensive reshaping of the tooth, filling in gaps, or disguising discolouration.
Both can help you to achieve a more uniform smile, but the most appropriate composite bonding treatment depends on your aesthetic concerns and the condition of your teeth and bite. When you attend a consultation with one of our dentists, we will assess your teeth and advise you on which composite bonding option would be best for you.
Save on your cosmetic bonding treatment with our platinum package at Finsbury Dental Care. Combining your cosmetic bonding treatment with a dental exam & x-rays, hygienist clean and teeth whitening can save you £400. Learn more about this package and the others available at Finsbury Dental Care by visiting our exclusive packages page.
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COMPOSITE BONDING – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does composite bonding hurt?
Since the composite bonding process is non-invasive, dentists don’t work near the sensitive nerves of the tooth, so the process usually isn’t painful. In most cases, anaesthesia isn’t necessary during the procedure.
Very rarely, some people may experience temporary sensitivity after the treatment. Over-the-counter pain relief can help ease the discomfort.
When is composite bonding recommended?
This type of treatment is recommended for those who want to improve their smile or restore the natural appearance of their teeth. Patients may seek composite bonding for reasons like:
- Concealing chips or cracks
- Fixing tooth discolouration
- Closing gaps and spaces between the teeth
- Making teeth look longer or more uniform
Tooth bonding treatment is a simple procedure that usually requires a single appointment.
How long does composite bonding last?
The length of time dental bonding lasts depends on many factors, including the number of teeth treated and oral hygiene habits. On average, the bonding material lasts 3 – 10 years before needing a touch-up.
How do I care for a tooth that has composite bonding?
Continue brushing your teeth consistently and visit a dentist to maintain good oral health. This helps your composite bond stay clean and unstained. After the procedure, avoid tea, coffee, smoking, and food which may stain for 48 hours. Composite bonds are weaker than natural teeth, so it’s essential to refrain from biting nails, eating hard foods, or chewing on hard items.
Why should I choose Finsbury Dental Care for composite bonding?
Finding an experienced dentist is key, even with popular procedures and treatments. As a private dental clinic in London, preventative and cosmetic dentistry is at the heart of what we do. We strive to help our patients achieve a healthy smile they feel confident about all day.
Here at Finsbury Dental Care, we offer affordable and accessible dental care services with a diverse range of treatments from our highly-trained specialist team.
If you have any questions about our cosmetic dental treatments or would like to know whether you would benefit from composite bonding, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What's the difference between porcelain veneers and composite bonding?
Veneers are made from porcelain and are another popular option for cosmetic dental treatment. These can last for many years but usually require the tooth to be conservatively prepared to create the ideal space for the aesthetic porcelain.
Porcelain veneers are also not reversible and, while they are very reliable and usually very long lasting, they may need replacing every 10 to 20 years.
Composite bonding is a simpler, faster, non-invasive, and less expensive treatment, even when repairs are needed. Cosmetic dental bonding is also one of the most frequently performed procedures today.
Want to learn more about our composite edge bonding treatment in London? Got questions or want to discuss your options with an experienced cosmetic dentist?
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