Composite bonding procedure
Composite bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can recreate the harmony of your smile. It involves bonding composite ( a tooth coloured ) resin material onto the edges or front surface of your teeth.
Composite Bonding can be used to fix one tooth or it can dramatically change your smile. One of the advantages of composite bonding is that it does not require the removal of any of your natural tooth structure. It is also a quick solution and can be completed in one appointment.
Who Can Have Composite Bonding?
Anyone can have composite bonding, it is incredibly good at fixing broken or chipped teeth and masking discoloured teeth. However, it is very beneficial to have fairly straight teeth. Placing composite bonding onto crooked teeth can cause the material to be thick in some places and thin in others thus not achieving the optimal aesthetic effect.
It should also be used with caution with people who smoke as the edge of the composite can stain. There are numerous other treatment options that we can discuss with people who smoke.
How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?
Like anything, it depends on how well you look after it. As a general rule of thumb it can last anywhere between 3-7 years. The Composite Bonding must be maintained on an annual basis, where the restorations can be polished and any minor repairs carried out.
Certain habits e.g. biting your nails, crunching ice and grinding and clenching can shorten the life of the composite bonding. This can be discussed with your dentist.
What Must I Avoid If I have Composite Bonding?
Avoid certain habits such as biting your nails or chewing on pen lids. Avoid using your teeth as tools such as to tear cello-tape or open lids.
Be careful chewing hard foods such as nuts and bones, these can even chip and wear natural teeth.
Be mindful of drinking and eating red wine, coffee, turmeric based foods (all the good foods!) as these products can stain the composite. Don’t worry if this is your normal diet, it just means that you may need to visit us more frequently for polishing and maintenance.
What Is The Difference Between A Composite Veneer and Composite Bonding?
A composite veneer covers the whole front surface of the tooth and may require some tooth preparation, whereas composite bonding covers just the edge or a small area on the front of the tooth.