Composite Bonding

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured filling material to a tooth. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth.

This procedure involves the sculpting of the tooth using composite materials over the imperfections to create the appearance of straighter more balanced smile.

What is the material that is used?

Composite is a material that comes in a variety of shades to match the colour of your tooth for a good aesthetic result.

Who can have composite bonding?

Composite bonding is not for everyone and at your consultation your dentist will discuss this with you and if there is a more appropriate option.

The most common situtations when composite bonding can be used are to:

  • Repair chipped, fractured or cracked teeth

  • Improve the appearance of stained or discoloured teeth

  • Close spaces between teeth

  • Improve the shape of teeth or make them longer

  • To protect a portion of the tooth's root that has become exposed when gums recede

What is the procedure?

Firstly the dentist will identify the colour of your teeth and select the correct material. 

The procedure often starts with the removal of some surface enamel, gently micro-preparing the surface of your tooth. This is followed by application of the bonding liquid to the tooth. Then the composite is sculpted onto your teeth to create the perfect shape, and setting it using a high-intensity blue light. Once the material is set, we will carry out any further shaping and polishing, so it matches the sheen of your other teeth.

 

The treatment time is dependent on the number of teeth required

 

Can I whiten my teeth before composite bonding?

As most composite bonding is done on front teeth we may also give you the option of tooth whitening prior to treatment to allow a better colour match for your teeth. In some cases it allows you to have that brighter smile! 


Once you are happy with the colour of your teeth and ready to go proceed with the treatment we will arrange an appointment for you and get started on creating your ideal smile.

Last Updated September 2019

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