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.