Cosmetic teeth bonding is a minimally invasive way to improve the appearance of teeth
What is cosmetic teeth bonding?
Composite resin is shaped and moulded onto your teeth to give the appearance of a straighter, whiter smile. It can help to improve the appearance of chipped and stained teeth. Unlike a veneer, cosmetic bonding can be completed in just one appointment.
How is cosmetic teeth bonding completed?
The dentist will first remove some of the surface enamel to allow them to best shape the composite resin to your tooth. The dental composite, which is designed to match the shade of your natural teeth, can be manipulated and moulded to fill and build up worn surfaces and balance the aesthetics of your smile. The composite resin is held in place by a bonding agent and is cured with a special light. The dentist will then polish your teeth to ensure that the cosmetic bonding matches seamlessly with your natural teeth. This cosmetic dental procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. If you’re having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule more time or additional visits.
How long will composite bonding last?
Composite bonding should last for many years with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups.
How do I care for my composite bonding?
Tea, coffee, cigarette smoke and other substances can stain the resin used in bonding. To prevent or minimise stains, avoid eating or drinking these types of foods and drinks during the first 48 hours after any composite procedure. In addition, brush your teeth often and have them cleaned every six months by a dental hygienist.
Benefits of composite bonding
- Composite bonding is inexpensive – cosmetic teeth bonding is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures.
- Composite bonding only requires one visit – unlike crowns and veneers that need to be manufactured in a laboratory, this treatment can be completed in one dental visit.
- Composite bonding only removes a little tooth enamel– cosmetic bonding only requires a tiny amount of the tooth surface too be removed, leaving as much as possible of your natural tooth.
- Composite bonding does not require anaesthesia – unless dental bonding is being used to fill a cavity it will not be necessary for the dentist to give you an anaesthetic.