Composite Bonding Overview
One of the main appeals of Composite Bonding is the aesthetic enhancement it provides. By repairing chips, closing gaps, or resolving discolouration, this procedure can offer a dramatic difference in the appearance of your smile line. Ideal candidates for Composite Bonding are those with minor cosmetic dental issues who are seeking a less invasive and more cost-effective treatment option.
Composite Bonding is a dental procedure used to repair, amend, or improve the appearance of teeth that are discoloured, chipped, fractured, or very slightly misaligned. Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, Composite Bonding typically requires very little to no removal of the tooth enamel, depending on the desired end results.
In the first instance, the Cosmetic Dentist will discuss and select a resin colour that closely matches the desired colour selection, or to match the surrounding teeth. The tooth's surface is then slightly roughened, and a conditioning liquid is applied. This step is critical as it helps the bonding material adhere firmly to the tooth.
The resin used in Composite Bonding is a tooth-coloured, putty-like material which is applied to each tooth, being moulded, and smoothed until it achieves the desired result. The ability to manipulate the resin allows the Cosmetic Dentist to perfectly tailor the treatment to the patient's individual needs or desired outcome. Once the resin has been shaped, it must be hardened. A special ultraviolet light or laser is used to quickly cure the material. After hardening, the Cosmetic Dentist may further amend, shape, and polish the resin to offer a completely new smile-line or blend it seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
The resin used in Composite Bonding is very durable, but it is not as strong as natural teeth. However, with proper care, including regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene, and avoiding hard or excessively chewy foods that could chip the material, the bonding can last several years. Composite Bonding is an easily maintained and repairable solution for many cosmetic dental issues.
Composite Bonding is generally less expensive and less invasive than other cosmetic dental procedures, like Laminate Veneers or Dental Crowns. It can often be done in a couple of visits and doesn't usually require anaesthesia. However, the bonding material is not as strong or stain resistant as other restorative options. Therefore, it may not be suitable for extensive damage or for teeth that are subject to heavy chewing pressure.
Composite Bonding represents a middle ground between basic cosmetic procedures such as Laser Teeth Whitening and more substantial treatments like Laminate Veneers or Dental Crowns/ Full Veneers. Its flexibility, accessibility, and relatively lower cost make it a very popular choice for many patients seeking to enhance their smile.