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What Is Composite Bonding and What Can It Treat?

14th July 2023

Chipped, cracked, stained, and mishappen teeth can impact how you feel about your smile. That self-conscious worry about your appearance could hold you back socially and professionally. How you feel about your smile can deeply affect your life. 

Cosmetic dentistry offers many great treatments for fixing problems, including teeth whitening to give you a brighter smile. But when you’re faced with several issues, it can feel overwhelming, and it’s easy to believe there are no solutions for you. The good news is that there are treatments. 

Composite bonding is a simple and versatile process that can revamp your smile quickly. So, how does it work? What can we use it for? And what can you expect from the composite bonding process?

To help you decide whether this procedure is right for you, here’s everything you need to know about composite bonding. 

What Is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic treatment that repairs damaged teeth. We use a tooth-coloured composite resin to redesign and rebuild your smile. 

To give your smile a new look, we simply place the resin onto the affected teeth and gently shape it. Once we’ve achieved a perfectly natural look, we’ll use a special light to harden the resin so it bonds to your teeth. 

What Can Composite Bonding Treat?

We use composite bonding for various dental defects, including: 

  • Repairing chipped, cracked, and broken teeth 
  • Covering deep stains and discolouration 
  • Completing small or mishappen teeth
  • Closing small gaps between teeth

The beauty of composite bonding is that it can fix several problems at once, saving the need for multiple procedures. 

What Happens During the Composite Bonding Process?

We’ll begin the composite bonding process with a smile assessment. It’s important to check that this is the right treatment for you, so we’ll talk about the issues you want us to fix and examine your teeth. Next, we’ll plan your bespoke treatment. 

At the start of the procedure we’ll apply the composite resin while it’s soft and malleable. Once it’s on your teeth, we’ll carefully craft the material until it seamlessly blends with your tooth, providing a smooth and natural appearance. 

After we’re satisfied with your smile, we’ll use a light to cure the resin until it’s solid and has bonded to the teeth. Finally, we’ll gently smooth out any rough edges so your teeth feel flawless against your tongue. 

What Are the Benefits of Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a versatile choice for repairing damaged teeth and improving the appearance of your smile. Because we don’t need to use drills, you won’t need an anaesthetic before this simple and painless procedure. This means there’s no downtime or recovery after treatment. 

As composite bonding doesn’t need any custom-made prosthetics, it reduces the treatment time and the cost. Often, we can perform your composite bonding procedure in a single appointment. This also helps reduce the cost. Composite bonding is great value for money.

How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

Bonded teeth aren’t as durable as dental enamel. This means you need to take care to avoid chewing or biting anything that could damage the resin. With the right care and attention, you can expect your bonded teeth to last for around seven years before it needs repairing or replacing. 

How Do You Care for Teeth With Composite Bonding?

After your composite bonding appointment, it can take a while for the resin to harden fully. Until then, it’s important to avoid eating anything too crispy or chewy immediately after treatment. 

Once the composite resin is firmly in place, you can enjoy your normal diet. You will always need to take care when chewing anything very hard. Avoid chewing ice and anything plastic or metal. 

Tooth decay can impact the integrity of your bonded teeth. To ensure your bonded teeth keep their beautiful new appearance for years to come, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss your teeth and use mouthwash. 

A routine checkup twice a year allows us to monitor your teeth. If we spot any potential issues, we can take action to preserve your smile. Visiting our dental hygienist can also help you retain the appearance and health of your newly bonded teeth. 

Composite Bonding in Durham

Composite bonding is a quick and effective way to make big changes to your smile. You’ll be amazed at what we can achieve. 

Get in touch today to book your composite bonding consultation. 

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