What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a safe and cost-effective cosmetic procedure whereby a tooth-coloured composite resin is sculpted and bonded on to the tooth. The procedure takes great skill and artistry on the part of the dentist, but can change your smile dramatically in as little as one appointment.
Composite bonding is very versatile and can be used to treat various clinical scenarios:
- Repair chipped or fractured teeth
- Restore decayed teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Improve the shape, size and colour of teeth
- Treat worn down teeth
- Improve the colour of dark teeth
- Improve the alignment of teeth
- Smile makeovers
- Usually requires little or no preparation of the tooth structure, meaning less pain and discomfort.
- More conservative technique, meaning less chance of needing root canal treatment in the future compared to crowns and veneers.
- Often completed within a single visit for simpler cases without local anaesthetic.
- Often cheaper than ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers.
- Easier and cheaper to repair compared to ceramic restorations, hence easier long term maintenance.
- No temporary restorations required.
- Easier to make small changes to shape and size as per your desire once bonded.
- Considered to be reversible, so can be removed with little/no damage to the underlying tooth if disliked.
Why have composite bonding at Acorn Dental?
Our dentist, Dr Dipesh Parmar, has a global reputation for his skills in composite bonding. He lectures nationally teaching other dental professionals on this technique, and is often invited internationally (New Zealand, Los Angeles, Poland, Ireland, Middle East, Las Vegas, Toronto, Chicago) to run courses on minimally invasive smile makeovers using composite bonding. With his international reputation, many of his patients are dentists themselves, or patients referred by dental colleagues.
The tooth is first etched to roughen the surface microscopically. A primer is then painted onto this surface and set using a bright light. A composite resin material with a colour similar to your teeth is then sculpted in layers as required to re-shape the tooth and finally set using a bright light. Once completed, the restoration is finally trimmed and polished to look and feel like a natural tooth.
No, not at all. Cosmetic bonding is a straightforward procedure which can be completed in a single visit, mostly without any need for anaesthesia or pain relief. For more complex cases involving multiple teeth or large restorations, we may need to use local anaesthestic, a rubber dam and there may be a need for tooth preparation depending on the case. Your dentist will discuss this with you at your initial consultation.
Most dentists do composite bonding using one shade of material. Although this works for most cases, there are cases, especially for larger build ups, where you would get a more aesthetic result using various shades of composite resin to give you more life-like results. Although, this makes treatment time slightly longer and a little more expensive, the end result is much better as the restoration looks indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Again, your dentist can discuss the different options with you and you can decide together what is best for you.
Composite bonding is ideal for patients who would like to improve the appearance of their smile but don’t need more substantial restorative procedures like crowns and veneers. Your dentist will assess your suitability at your initial consultation following thorough examination of the health of your teeth and gums. If you wish to improve the colour of your teeth, your dentist may recommend whitening your teeth first, to allow the new composite bonding to match your new whiter teeth. Ask your dentist about Enlighten whitening. It guarantees long lasting results with simple at home maintenance. You don’t even need to change diet or habits like smoking.
For most patients, composite bonding will look at its best for around 5-7 years. We have seen cases last for longer in patients who really follow maintenance instructions and look after their composite bonding. It is very important for you to continue to see you dentist every 6 months so they can assess how the composite bonding is performing. Sometimes, all that is required is simple repairs and maintenance such a re-polishing, re-surfacing or repairing a stained or chipped edge.