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Composite bonding

Composite bonding is a quick, pain-free and cost-effective way to put the confidence back into your smile.

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic technique that uses a special resin to give the appearance of whiter and straighter teeth. Your dentist uses a special composite resin, applied to your existing teeth, to mould and shape them into a perfect smile. It’s most effective as a way to fix chipped, gapped, cracked or stained teeth, and it can even be used to lengthen a tooth that’s shorter than the rest.

The great thing about composite bonding is that it’s possible to walk out of the dentist with your perfect smile, in just one visit. The procedure doesn’t require any drilling or shaping of your existing teeth and is usually done without anaesthetic, so you can leave your dentist surgery and simply get on with your day.

It’s also really cost-effective, as it’s cheaper and easier than other solutions such as crowns and veneers, and cheaper to fix if they get damaged.

What is composite bonding used for?

Here are a few dental issues that can be resolved using composite bonding:

It’s most effective as a way to fix chipped, gapped, cracked, stained or worn teeth and can even be used to lengthen teeth that are shorter than the rest.

Damaged teeth can be sensitive to hot and cold, cause pain when chewing and affect your appearance. Composite bonding can help fix these issues with quick and pain-free treatments in as few as one visit.

Best of all, it’s really affordable, easier than other solutions, like crowns and veneers, and cheaper to fix if they get damaged.

5 steps to a healthy smile

Composite bonding is a fast and effective way to transform your teeth into the smile you want.

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Your dentist uses a shade guide to match the resin colour to your teeth.

02

The surface of your teeth are roughened and a liquid applied to help the bonding agent stick to your tooth.

03

The composite resin is applied over the liquid, then moulded and shaped.

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The surface of your teeth are roughened and a liquid applied to help the bonding agent stick to your tooth.

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The composite resin is applied over the liquid, then moulded and shaped.

How do composites feel?

At the start, the new shape of your bite may take some getting used to, but should feel normal in around two weeks. Your back teeth will take a little longer to regain contact – usually in 4-6 months.

Composite bonding can take as little as 30 mins per tooth and typically needs
no anaesthetic – unless you’re having cavities filled.

Need to knows

Composite bonding won’t fix crooked teeth or an over-bite or under-bite. For these issues, you should speak to your dentist about braces or other treatments.

Composite bonding isn’t indestructible – it can chip or break if you try to bite into really hard stuff like ice, hard sweets or refrigerated Toblerone.

After your composite bonding treatment, you should avoid things like coffee, tea and tobacco that can stain teeth, for two or three days.

Regular check-ups with your dentist and a good daily cleaning routine are essential.

Composite bonding can be a smarter solution to other techniques such as veneers, which can require multiple visits, can cost far more and require full replacement if they break.

Composite bonding can cost around £200 per tooth and as it’s a cosmetic procedure, it’s worth checking whether your insurance covers it.

If you have severely damaged or decayed teeth, a crown or veneer may be a better solution.

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