Composite bonding is a form of dental veneers that require no drilling and no injection for instantly transforming your smile! By process of adding composite resin material that matches the colour of your teeth, the shape and size of the teeth are modified till the desirable result is achieved. Composite bonding is simple and a non invasive way of changing your smile when it is done by a skilled and artistic cosmetic dentist!
In dentistry, placement of a thin layer of a material over a tooth is referred to dental veneer or laminate. Composite bonding, also known as composite veneer or dental bonding, is a layer of resin base material that in most cases is directly placed on the tooth and then shaped, contoured and polished to a nice finish. They are different to porcelain veneers as composite bonding is made from resin polymers plus fillers.
“One of the advantages of a composite veneer is that it does not need to fully cover all of a tooth. In this case, except the two front teeth, only the upper half of the teeth next to the gum are covered with composite veneers to mask the yellow discolouration of the teeth in the least invasive way. Such a technique is not possible with porcelain veneers”.
Who Can Have Composite Bonding?
Almost anyone can have composite bonding. These dental bondings can be used to;
- Improve the appearance of the teeth and their looks.
- For protection of the teeth.
- Change of teeth colour, usually to a whiter colour.
- To make teeth appear more straight.
- For closing the gaps between the teeth.
- To increase the size of small teeth.
- To repair a broken section or a damaged tooth.
- As a replacement for porcelain veneers.
What are the advantages of Composite Bonding?
composite bonding or dental bonding is one of the least invasive methodsfor improving your smile. In comparison to alternative option of porcelain veneers, composite bonding benefits can be listed as:
- There is no need for teeth drilling in a vast majority of the cases. This makes composite bonding one of the most desirable forms of dental veneers.
- Composite bonding is considered to be fully reversible when no tooth drilling has been done which the case in vast majority of the cases.
- Composite bonding does not necessarily need to cover all of the tooth surfaces. This allows them to be an ideal choice for closing or reducing gaps between the teeth.
- Composite bonding is ideal for closing the gap with top front teeth. A good example of this is the gap most commonly seen with top front teeth known as Diastema.
- Unlike porcelain veneers, composite bonding is easily repairable. If a porcelain veneer gets damaged, a new one has to be made by the lab for replacing it which takes time and is costly. Composite bonding can be easily and directly repaired in the same visit and is much more economical. So composite bonding is a much cheaper and faster solution than porcelain veneer when repairing is needed.
- Composite bonding is usually completed in one visit. This is because composite bonding is directly placed on the teeth and then shaped and contoured and polished. With composite bonding the transformation of your smile is almost instant.
- Composite bonding is usually cheaper than porcelain veneers or crowns.
- Almost anyone can have composite bonding.
What is the cost of each Composite Bonding?
Our fee is based on our skill, experience, how long it takes to complete the work and its complexity. We are charging for each composite bonding between £195 to £295. This is subject to change and please for more up to date cost see our fees page. Our fees puts composite bonding in a lower price range than porcelain veneers.
What are the disadvantages of Composite bonding ?
To compare with porcelain veneers as an alternative option:
- Composite bonding can stain easier than porcelain veneers. However the remedy is easy and they can be polished and cleaned regularly. How fast composite bonding can stain very much depends on diets and habits of an individual, similar to natural teeth.
- The appearance and quality of composite bonding very much depend on the skill and experience of the dentist doing them. Any dentist can add composite material to a tooth but not every dentist can do beautiful composite bonding.
- Composite bonding cannot be whitened. But this is true with any form of dental restorations including porcelain veneers. Ideally teeth should be whitened first and then have the composite bonding or porcelain veneers done. Then the colour of the veneers can be matched to the whitened teeth.
How long do Composite Bonding last? Is the same as porcelain veneers?
Composite bonding, on average, last about 3-5 years in comparison with porcelain veneers lasting about 7-10 years on average, although the majority of the dental veneers last a lot longer. In many cases we have seen dental bonding to last 10 years or longer and 20 years with porcelain veneers. The secret to longer lasting dental veneers is keeping good oral hygiene and maintenance and using night guards if you are bruxist.
Can Composite Bonding break easily?
Unlike porcelain veneers, composite bonding does not break or it is very rare for it come off in the same way as with porcelain veneers. Composite bonding can chip for a variety of reasons with biting and chewing on hard food being the most common reasons or grinding and clenching teeth. But even if they do break, Composite bonding is usually easily repaired in one visit. This is not the same with porcelain veneers.
What is the procedure for Composite Bonding
Once your suitability is assessed in your free no obligation consultation for composite bonding, in vast majority of cases, you are advised to consider a “Trial Smile”. A trial smile is a process of making the changes to your teeth on a cast model of them first. Based on the shape and design you wish to have for your composite bonding and your teeth, the dental technician, using wax, makes the desirable shape and dental bonding on the cast model of your teeth. it is therefore a mock build up of the composite bonding to allow you to see what shape teeth you will end up with.
This is done by taking an impression of your teeth and sending it to the lab. Based on your requests and expectations, the modifications are made to your teeth on the cast model by an experienced dental technician.
In the meantime, if you have decided to whiten your teeth first, you proceed with the teeth whitening. When you are happy with the whitening result, the composite bonding are directly added to your teeth, shaped, contoured and polished to get that beautiful smile you are looking for.
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