Also known as composite bonding, cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment which can change the overall appearance of your teeth in just one visit.
Cosmetic bonding can be used to treat a wide range of problems such as chipped, discoloured or misshapen teeth. The process can be used on either single or multiple teeth, and the shade of the composite can be perfectly blended in with that of the other teeth, offering a smooth, natural result.
What is Composite Resin?
Dental composite resins are synthetic resins that are used in dentistry for both cavity fillings and cosmetic reasons, the main ingredients of the resin are finely ground glass particles and plastic resin. Composite resin is highly durable and can be shaped and moulded to teeth to give the appearance of straighter teeth and a whiter smile. It can also be used to fill in minor imperfections on the tooth surface, giving a smoother shinier look, and fill in gaps between teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers which can require more than one visit for placement, composite resin bonding can usually be completed in one appointment.
How Long does Cosmetic Bonding Last?
As long as appropriate care is taken of the teeth following the procedure, composite bonding is expected to last for approximately five to seven years. Certain lifestyle habits such as drinking coffee and smoking may cause staining or discolouration to the composite resin (just as they would to your own teeth), so it is important to consider changing these habits if you wish to keep your teeth looking at their best. Only the highest quality materials are used in our composite bonding, and another advantage of choosing composite bonding is that should the bonding become damaged it is easily repaired.
What are the Advantages of Cosmetic Bonding?
Minimally invasive – unlike procedures such as veneers or crowns, minimal or no tooth reduction is required and anaesthesia is not usually needed as the procedure is generally pain-free.
Natural effect – the composite can be blended to the shade required for natural whitening or to match other teeth. When used to fill cavities, unlike amalgam fillings, composite resin fillings are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Versatile – Composite bonding can be used to treat a range of issues such as discolouration, cavities, chipped or cracked teeth or filling in gaps.
Boost your confidence – A bright, even smile is a great confidence boost, with composite resin you can improve your smile and get the teeth you have always wanted, helping you to feel more confident talking to and smiling at others.
Are there any Risks Involved?
As, unlike in amalgam fillings, there is no mercury in composite resin there is no risk of mercury toxicity. Cosmetic dentists are qualified and experienced using composite resin, the technique was first developed fifty years ago, and the procedure has been widely available for the past thirty years.
What Aftercare is Needed?
The composite material is highly durable, but be sure to still visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to keep your new smile bright and healthy.