Composite bonding is a technique that has been used in cosmetic dentistry for many years and can transform a smile in just a single visit.
It makes use of a tooth coloured material known as Composite and cosmetic techniques that have revolutionised dentistry. It is now possible to match the shade, translucency and texture of natural teeth.
The process involves the skillful and artistic use of an enamel-like material which is applied to a tooth’s surface. It can be used to restore minor chips and close small gaps, smooth chips and hide small areas of discoloration. Occasionally, the entire surface of a tooth can be masked with a composite veneer.
In most cases, no injections are needed, as this is a drill-free procedure.
Initially, the tooth surface is thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris or stain accumulation, and then roughened using a special tool. This provides a better surface for the composite to adhere to.
The Composite is then applied to the tooth until the desired shape, translucency and texture is achieved. The final step involves polishing and buffing the composite to give perfect finish.
This depends on many factors;
– type of composite material used (there is a big difference in the quality of different composite materials)
– size of the composite
– aftercare and habits of the patient (poor oral hygiene, diet and grinding will reduce longevity)
On average, Composite Bonding will look at its best for 5-7 years. After this, the composite will still be clinically sound, but may have picked up stain, lost its lustre or have chipped. But at this stage, the composite can be easily repaired, polished or replaced.
The cost of bonding will vary depending on the type of bonding procedure, the quality of the Composite material used and the experience of the cosmetic dentist.
At The Newmarket Road Dental Clinic we only use the most aesthetic Composite material currently available in the dental market to ensure ‘life-like’ results.
For example a composite veneer may cost £300 whereas a small composite worn edge or chip may be as little as £80.
The short answer is no.
In order to achieve natural looking composite bonding, the dentist must have a high level of artistic flair and the technical skills required to carry out this type of treatment. Our cosmetic dentists have undertaken extensive postgraduate training in the field of cosmetic bonding and unfortunately, not all general dentists are equally skilled.
A cosmetic dentist experienced in composite bonding will have a clear understanding of the properties of dental materials and experience in hand-crafting and replicating the shape, texture and characteristics of teeth.