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Everything You Need to Know about Composite Bonding

Published: 22 April 2024

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a dental treatment which provides an effective safe solution to improve the appearance of teeth for many people. Below we answer some of the most common questions we receive about this cosmetic dental treatment option.

Composite bonding involves the dentist sealing a tooth-coloured filling material (composite) onto the teeth in order to improve the appearance of the teeth/tooth. This effective technique can be used on teeth that have small chips, uneven edges, gaps or discolouration.

What are the benefits of composite bonding over other options?

Composite bonding can be a highly cost-effective and minimally invasive solution to improve the appearance of the teeth when compared to the option of veneers or crowns. It does not require the removal of any enamel (the hard outer layer of the teeth) to be placed – unlike some of the other solutions. Composite bonding can be provided at a single appointment for a fast and efficient solution. In addition, it can be used in combination with other treatments to enhance your smile.

Is composite bonding safe?

Yes, it is a safe procedure. As with all dental treatment, however, it is important to see a qualified dental professional for the best results to ensure composite bonding is the right option for your dental needs.

How long does composite bonding last?

Composite bonding protects and supports teeth as part of a maintance programme. The composite bonding frequency of being reviewed, repaired or replaced depends on several factors such as your diet or whether you grind/clench your teeth at night. Generally, composite bonding lasts 3-5 years, although it can remain in place for longer.

Will composite bonding whiten my teeth?

Composite bonding can help to mask the discolouration of teeth. However, to optimise the smile result professional teeth whitening can be used first before the composite bonding to whiten the colour of your entire smile.

Will composite bonding straighten my teeth?

In some cases, composite bonding can be used to balance the shape of teeth with minor misalignment issues to make them appear straighter. However, composite bonding is not an alternative for orthodontics (teeth straightening). It can be used alongside orthodontics to improve the final shape and appearance of the teeth after alignment for a beautiful smile result, you’ll be proud to show off.

Is composite bonding applied to every tooth?

No, it can be applied to as many or as few teeth as is necessary to achieve the smile you desire.

How much does composite bonding cost?

The cost of treatment with depend on how many teeth require composite bonding and the level of change required to achieve the result sought. Speak to your dental team for a personalised treatment pan and a detailed breakdown of the costs involved for you.

Is composite bonding right for me?

This will depend on many factors. The best way to decide whether composite bonding is right for you is to speak to your dental team about it. At your local Clyde Munro Dental Group practice, you will meet a highly experienced dentist who can discuss all of your treatment options with you in detail.


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