What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a quick and cost-effective cosmetic procedure which involves applying tooth-coloured composites directly to problematic teeth, which may be chipped, gapped or stained.
This is a much quicker alternative to procedures such as veneering and the process is usually completed within one visit to our surgery in St Helens.
Is composite bonding right for you?
In order to establish whether you are an appropriate candidate for composite bonding, our expert dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. If they find that you are eligible for composite bonding, it could be in relation to the following cosmetic issues:
- Chipped, cracked and fractured teeth
- Gaps and spaces
- Tooth discolouration
In some instances, your dentist may decide that there is too much damage to your teeth, and they may suggest other procedures such as crowns or veneers.
What is the composite bonding process?
Before the composite bonding process begins, a rubber dam is placed in the patient’s mouth in order to separate the teeth and avoid moisture interference.
Depending on the extent of the treatment, the patient may require anaesthetic. A dentist then applies a mild acid solution to the tooth’s surface, which is kept on for 15 seconds, as it provides a surface which will strengthen the composite bond and adhesive.
Next the tooth-coloured composites are applied by shaping and moulding composite resin on the problem tooth.
This is then hardened by using a high-intensity curing light and the process of shaping, moulding and hardening is continued until the correct shape is achieved.
To ensure that the composite bonding does not move or cause discomfort, your dentist will place an appropriate finish on the bonding for extra security.
After receiving composite bonding treatment in St Helens your tooth may initially feel sensitive, although this should subside quickly.
What is the aftercare process?
Composite bonding can provide you with a long-lasting smile, however, you must ensure that you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid anything that may have a substantial effect on your teeth.
Any activity such as chewing on sharp objects can cause damage, as composite bonding is liable to chipping under force.
You should also make sure to floss at least once and brush at least twice a day, whilst also ensuring you make regular trips to the dentist and hygienist for examinations.
Before and after composite bonding
This patient was dissatisfied with the colour of her teeth, including the evident white spots. She discussed all her options with our dental team and decided to go with teeth whitening and composite bonding in order to get the best and brightest smile possible in just under two hours.
This patient was unhappy with the colour of her teeth and in particular the white ‘spots’.