What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is the addition of composite filling material to the teeth to correct their shape and appearance. It is non-invasive and does not damage the natural tooth structure.
Composite material is simply added to the surface and can be used to correct worn, chipped or misshapen teeth, and to close gaps.
We offer composite bonding at our Jesmond (Newcastle) clinic, our Ponteland clinic and our Stanley clinic.
What is the difference between composite veneers and composite edge bonding?
Composite veneers is when composite is added to the whole surface of the tooth on the front of the tooth up to the gum line.
Patients often opt for this option when they want to mask discoloured teeth or change the shape of the tooth.
Composite veneers are used in cases when patients want to drastically change the appearance of teeth in smile makeover cases.
Composite edge bonding is when composite is added to the edges of the teeth to make minor changes such as level the teeth off or give a more polished final appearance and often is used at the end of Invisalign treatment.
How long does composite bonding take?
It usually only takes one appointment of about 1-2 hours to complete the process, meaning you can leave the same day with an enhanced smile!
Our dentist will use a shade guide to choose a putty-like composite resin that most closely matches the shade of your teeth.
Then, after preparing the teeth with conditioning fluid to help the bonding process, the composite material is applied and smoothed to the correct shape on the surface of the tooth.
Afterwards, the material is hardened with a light, which ‘bonds’ the material to the tooth.
Finally, our dentist will polish the material to match the rest of the teeth.
And voila! Your new smile is ready.
Is composite bonding permanent?
The beauty of composite treatment is that it does not have to be a wholly permanent change to your smile. The bonded composite can be removed if necessary, leaving your natural tooth the same as always underneath.
This is in comparison to porcelain veneers, which require the teeth to be trimmed before the veneer is applied over the top.
This is a non-invasive treatment and provides great results.
Does composite bonding whiten or should I whiten my teeth before having my treatment?
How do I look after my composite bonding after it has been placed?
Composite is a great dental material, with highly aesthetic properties. However, composite does require regular polishing and cleaning.
Over time your composite bonding will pick up stains, and discolour.
Composite wears over time, and we recommend attending for hygiene Airflow treatments, and composite polishing treatments every 6 months.
If you grind your teeth or clench in your sleep, we advise you wear a mouthguard to sleep in to protect your composite bonding and prevent fracturing.
How much does it cost?
The fee depends on the number of teeth that are to be bonded. Your dentist will be able to advise you of the cost before any treatment begins.
- A consultation
- A bespoke treatment plan
- Interest free credit for any treatment over £350
- Exclusive discounts off composite bonding treatment for Honour Health Club members (not valid in conjunction with any other offer)
Find out more
To book a consultation to discuss composite bonding, call or email your chosen dental clinic at Newcastle, Ponteland or Stanley below.