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What is composite bonding?
The world of cosmetic dentistry is evolving all the time and the focus is now shifting to minimally invasive treatments which do not require removal of tooth structure.
Composite bonding is at the forefront of this revolution as it is minimally invasive and can transform the appearance, shape, shade and the colour of teeth on the same day
Composite – the tooth coloured filling material
Bonding – the mechanical process whereby the tooth coloured filling material is attached to the teeth
Improving the cosmetic appearance of the teeth can be achieved in a variety of ways. Quite often this can be through orthodontics to improve the position of the teeth. However, teeth can vary in shape, size and colour. This can be due to the way they have developed, dental trauma, or from general wear and tear throughout life which can result in cracks, chips and stains.
Composite bonding can improve virtually all of the scenarios mentioned above by the addition of a tooth coloured filling material to the teeth which are “bonded” to the natural tooth. This material is hand sculpted by the dentist to the desired shape to create a natural looking tooth. A wide variety of shades are available to ensure that the colour matches the natural tooth perfectly.
The main benefits are:
- No needles / injections
- No drilling of the natural tooth structure
- A reversible procedure
- Same day result
Composite bonding vs Composite veneers
Composite bonding is usually reserved for situations where small chips or repairs are required. Subtle changes to the tooth shape and length can also be made.
Composite veneers on the other hand, work by covering the complete front surface of the tooth structure, enabling larger changes in tooth shape and form to take place. Usually 4-6 composite veneers are done to the front teeth to give the same day smile makeover.
Either of the two are great options if you are looking for a fast, minimally invasive way to get the perfect smile.
Common indications for composite bonding
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, composite bonding may help.
Teeth can occasionally chip and fracture over time. Tooth coloured composite filling material can be attached (bonded) to the chipped or fractured areas to restore their aesthetic appearance
Occasionally teeth can erupt and are asymmetrical in shape and size. Orthodontics can correct the position of teeth, but cannot change their shape. Quite often at the end of orthodontic treatment composite bonding is required to correct these shape problems.
When teeth have erupted, leaving spaces between them, it lead to problems with cleaning and aesthetically is not pleasing. composite bonding can correct these spacing issues by symmetrically and proportionally increasing the size of the teeth to close these spaces