Composite Bonding


Composite Bonding, also referred to as Dental Bonding, is a dental procedure that involves the application of a material called dental composite or composite resin onto the surface of a tooth. This procedure aims to enhance the tooth’s appearance, making it look more aesthetically pleasing. Patients typically opt for this procedure when they feel that their natural teeth are slightly crooked, chipped, cracked, or discoloured.


The process is minimally invasive, and it can help fix minor issues in one or several teeth. It involves the addition of a tooth-coloured composite material that is then bonded to the natural tooth structure. The dentist sculpts the composite by hand to achieve the desired shape, resulting in a natural-looking tooth. There is a wide range of composite shades available to match the colour of the patient’s teeth perfectly.


Composite Bonding is an ideal option for minor repairs or alterations to the tooth’s shape and length. The procedure is non-invasive, and it requires no needles or drills. Results can often be achieved on the same day, and the procedure is fully reversible. It differs from composite veneers, which require a more significant change to the tooth’s shape and size, despite being made of the same substance. Additionally, composite fillings, or white fillings, are a different procedure altogether and are used to treat tooth decay.

When is Composite Bonding used?


Composite Bonding is typically used for patients who want a cosmetic solution for teeth that are generally healthy, but have minor issues in shape and size for one or multiple teeth. It can also help address minor teeth misalignment (crooked teeth). However, it’s not recommended for significant changes in tooth shape, size and structure. In cases where a patient’s bite is crooked due to over-bite or under-bite, composite bonding may not be the solution. It’s advisable to consult with our dentist for a complimentary cosmetic consultation to determine if more extensive work is required.


What can I expect during my visit?


Composite bonding is a safe and effective procedure that has been available for more than 50 years. The procedure is now more efficient, providing good results in a relatively short amount of time. The process usually involves removing a small amount of surface enamel to attach the composite resin to the tooth, followed by the application of a bonding agent to bond and shape the resin. The dentist then cures the composite resin with a special light to harden it, and finally, polishes the teeth. It’s essential to work with a dentist who has expertise in this area to achieve a natural-looking tooth shape and size.



What aftercare will I need following Composite Bonding?


Composite materials are durable and typically don’t require constant attention. Patients should be careful when eating hard foods or using their teeth for non-food objects. Biting down on particularly hard foods or ice should be avoided to prevent tooth cracking and breaking of the composite material. Patients should maintain good oral health by regularly cleaning their teeth and attending regular dental check-ups. Mouthwash use can also help improve gum health and gum strength for patients who find their gum-line tougher to maintain after composite bonding treatment.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I care for my bonded teeth?

The composite material is almost as strong as your natural teeth. Restorations, if cared for, can last for several years but it does depend on how well they are looked after. At Smile Hub, our dentists recommend that any type of dental work requires excellent oral hygiene to maintain the best results. Biting your fingernails or biting into very hard or sticky food can chip the composite bonding, the same way that it can chip your natural teeth.

Do I need composite bonding?

At Smile Hub, you can organise a consultation with one of our experienced dentists in which they will be able to determine if your dental problems or insecurities can be solved using composite bonding. One of our dentists will do a full examination of the teeth which may involve x – rays and an evaluation of the gum health and overall teeth health. Then during this consultation one of our expert dentists will be able to advise you if you are a suitable candidate for composite bonding to create that perfect smile. Composite bonding is often suitable for those who wish to fix problems such as decayed teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, gaps, tooth discolouration and much more. If you have teeth that are severely damaged, our dentists may advise you to consider other restorative or cosmetic procedures that may be better in suiting your long – term goals.

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