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How Does Composite Bonding Work? A Simple Guide

28 / 06 / 2023

As we go through life, our teeth change. Although dental enamel is the toughest material in the human body, it can become damaged through physical trauma, illness, and lifestyle choices. 

If you have chipped, cracked, stained, or discoloured teeth, it can impact your confidence, making you feel self-conscious about smiling. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has a treatment for all of these issues. 

Composite bonding is a simple and effective cosmetic treatment that could radically improve the appearance of your teeth and help you fall in love with your smile again. 

In this guide, we’ll discuss how composite bonding works, what it can treat, and what you can expect from the treatment and recovery process. 

What Is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding goes by a few different names. Some dentists refer to it as “cosmetic”, “tooth”, or “dental” bonding, but the treatment is always the same. Using a malleable composite resin, we’ll rebuild, reshape, and improve the appearance of your teeth. 

The composite bonding treatment is straightforward and often brief and can be used to treat a range of cosmetic problems. 

What Can We Fix With Composite Bonding?

This versatile treatment can fix several aesthetic issues, including:

  • Damage to your teeth, like chips and cracks
  • Mishappen teeth 
  • Stained and discoloured teeth
  • Uneven wear

We can sometimes close small gaps between your teeth, reducing the need for more extensive treatments. 

What Are the Benefits of Composite Bonding?

Many patients choose composite bonding because it’s quick, painless, and cost-effective. We use composite resin to repair and sculpt your teeth to perfection, so there’s no need to create custom restorations. This keeps the cost and complexity of the treatment down. 

During the procedure, we don’t physically alter your teeth. Because of this, there are no drills, no discomfort, and no need for anaesthetic. 

The exact length of your procedure will depend on how many teeth we’re treating and the extent of the repairs. Often, we can improve your smile in a single appointment. 

Once the bonding process is complete, your new smile will look amazing. We use a tooth-coloured resin that will seamlessly blend with your natural teeth. 

Additionally, there are some health benefits. If we’re repairing damage to a tooth, this could stop infection and decay and prevent further dental issues. 

What Happens During the Composite Bonding Treatment?

We’ll begin the composite process with a thorough smile assessment. During this consultation, we want to hear what you dislike about your smile so we can formulate a treatment plan that fixes the concerns that matter to you. 

Once we’ve established the areas we’re treating, we can begin the process. First, we apply the composite resin to the tooth before skillfully sculpting it until it looks perfect. 

Next, we’ll use a special light to harden the resin. Once cured, we’ll smooth out the edges of the resin so your teeth feel completely natural. 

What Is the Recovery Process for Composite Bonding?

Because we don’t use any drills or anaesthetics, you can immediately go about your day as usual following your composite bonding procedure. You should not experience pain or discomfort, so there’s no downtime or need for pain relief. 

Although we will harden the resin as part of the treatment process, it’s important to avoid biting or chewing anything hard for a short period until everything is completely firm. 

Once the resin is firmly embedded into place, you shouldn’t bite anything hard such as pen lids or ice.

What Are the Alternatives to Composite Bonding?

If you’re looking for an alternative to composite bonding, dental veneers might be for you. Veneers are thin shells that coat your teeth, hiding imperfections while giving your smile a more uniform appearance. 

Dental veneers are a popular choice. Although the treatment is more expensive than composite bonding, the effects are longer-lasting. 

Composite Bonding at GM Dental

Composite bonding is a simple but versatile treatment that corrects various cosmetic imperfections. At GM Dental, we provide a tailored composite bonding treatment experience that improves your smile how you want. 

Get in touch today and schedule your composite bonding consultation. 

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