6 Frequently Asked Questions About Composite Bonding

Article by Dr Raha Sepehrara

Cosmetic dentistry has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. Treatments like dental veneers, teeth whitening, and Invisalign are talked about more than ever by celebrities, social media influencers, and people you know in real life. 

But one treatment is often overlooked; composite bonding. Some dentists refer to the treatment as cosmetic, tooth, or dental bonding. Whatever name it’s given, the procedure is quick, simple, and delivers amazing results. 

Since composite bonding is one of dentistry’s best-kept secrets, we’re often asked several of the same questions about the treatment. 

This guide answers some of the most commonly asked composite bonding questions, so you can make an informed decision about whether this treatment is for you. 

1. What Is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a simple cosmetic procedure that uses composite resin to restore damaged teeth. We apply the resin directly to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. The resin allows us to reshape each tooth, effectively redesigning your entire smile.

Once the resin blends seamlessly into the tooth, we’ll use a special light to harden the material before polishing it to perfection. 

2. What Can Composite Bonding Treat?

This versatile treatment can fix several common dental problems. We often use it to: 

  • Repair chips and cracks in teeth
  • Rebuild misshapen teeth to provide a uniform appearance
  • Remove staining and discolouration
  • Close small gaps between teeth

Often, a composite bonding procedure will tackle a few of these problems simultaneously. 

3. Does Composite Bonding Hurt?

No. Composite bonding is a simple procedure that doesn’t require drills or similar tools. Because we don’t alter the physical structure of your teeth, there’s no pain or discomfort. And we don’t need to use an anaesthetic in most cases. 

4. How Long Does Composite Bonding Take?

The exact treatment length will depend on how many teeth we’re treating and the extent of the work we’re carrying out. A single tooth can be completely restored very quickly. 

Because we don’t need to prepare your teeth beforehand or make bespoke restorations, we can perform the entire procedure in a single appointment. And, because you won’t have any anaesthetic or discomfort, there’s no downtime following treatment. This leaves you free to enjoy the rest of your day. 

5. How Long Will Composite Bonding Last?

Composite bonding results can last several years with the right care and attention. Although the resin is durable, it’s not as strong as your natural tooth enamel. Because of this, you must not bite anything too hard. 

To preserve your new smile for as long as possible, it’s important to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine and visit us for checkups every six months. 

6. What Are the Alternatives to Composite Bonding?

If composite bonding isn’t for you, other options achieve similar results. Dental veneers are thin shells that coat your teeth, fixing all of the same issues as bonding. Although veneers are more expensive, they last longer and give your smile an exceptional makeover. 

If you have small gaps between your teeth, composite bonding can help. If the gaps are too big, you may need teeth straightening. Invisalign is a popular clear aligner system used for straightening teeth. Loved by many, Invisalign is removable, convenient, and discreet. 

Finally, teeth whitening treatments can brighten up your smile and remove stains and discolouration. 

Composite Bonding in the East Midlands

Composite bonding is a simple yet highly effective way of fixing multiple cosmetic problems. In just one appointment, we could redesign your smile, giving you an instant confidence boost. 

Contact us today to book your composite bonding appointment.



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