Composite bonding replaces the broken, chipped, and discoloured parts of teeth through the use of a special white composite material. Composite Bonding is among the easiest and least invasive of all cosmetic dental procedures. Bonding is the application of a tooth coloured resin called composite to fix the shape or colour of your tooth.
Composite bonding can easily repair chips, fractures, decay and discoloured teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require your dentist to remove a large amount of healthy tooth structure.
What are the Main Benefits of Composite?
- Composite bonding is minimally invasive (minimal amount of healthy tooth reduction is required)
- Immediate results – Composite bonding can often be accomplished in one visit.
- Easily repairable
- Very natural in appearance
- Quick and Painless
Am I a Candidate for Composite Bonding? You are a candidate for composite bonding if you have teeth that are chipped or broken; discoloured or stained; crooked, rotated, or not the right length; have unattractive spaces between your teeth; or if you have bridge facings that are worn or broken.
Is Composite Bonding Painful? Bonding is painless and often performed without the use of an anaesthetic since very little tooth removal is necessary.
Is Bonding a Radical Procedure? No. Composite bonding is the most conservative dentistry available today. Unlike Porcelain veneers, composite involves a minimal amount of tooth reduction and in many cases, none at all.
Are Composites Natural Looking? Composite bonding is arguably the most natural type of cosmetic dental restoration as long as it is being performed by a dentist who carries out cosmetic dentistry and has the practical skills required for intricate veneering and tooth sculpting.
Does Composite stain or discolour? Any extrinsic stains which might occur can be removed by a routine dental cleaning.
Does a Bonded Tooth Require Extra Care? There are few limitations. It is however advisable to avoid biting into hard objects such as ice cubes and hard candy. You should also avoid biting your finger nails.
How Long Does Composite Last? This depends on many things including, the materials used, the expertise of the dentist, and the patient’s care of the restored teeth. Current high quality bonding materials can last between a ten to fifteen year life span, and in some cases even longer.
Is Composite Bonding Expensive? Composite bonding is generally the least expensive of all cosmetic dental procedures however every treatment plan is individual so please ask your dentist for more information on the costs for your treatment. The amount depends on the type of procedure to be performed.
How Much Time Does Composite Bonding Require? Most bonding procedures can be completed in one visit to your dentists however the length of the visit varies according to the procedure.
Who Should Consider Composite Bonding? People of all ages can benefit by the cosmetic technique of bonding. Children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens can improve their smiles and appearance with composite.
For more information on this procedure please ask your dentist.