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How does composite bonding work?

Updated: May 13

How does composite bonding work?

Although composite bonding has been around for many years, it’s becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic dental treatment for patients looking to transform their smile. Why? Because it’s a simple and effective way to fix a range of dental issues such as chips, cracks, tooth wear, gaps, and discolouration.

So, how does this game-changing treatment actually work? What’s involved in the procedure, and what makes it so very popular? In this blog post, we will explore everything you need to know about composite bonding.

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves the application of a tooth-coloured resin material to the surface of a tooth. The material is sculpted to improve the appearance of the tooth, filling in gaps, repairing chips or cracks, and improving the colour and shape of the tooth.

The composite resin used in dental bonding is made up of a mixture of plastic and glass particles. The material is pliable and can be moulded to match the natural shape of the tooth, making it a popular choice for improving the appearance of teeth.

What are the steps involved in composite bonding?

If you’re thinking about going ahead with composite bonding treatment, you might want to know what’s involved in the procedure. You’ll be pleased to hear that, unlike a few other treatments, composite bonding is extremely non-invasive, stress-free, and straightforward! It involves five simple steps:

Step 1: preparation

The first step in the composite bonding process involves preparing the tooth or teeth that will be treated. This usually involves cleaning the tooth and preparing the surface for the bonding material.

Step 2: shade selection

We will then select the shade of composite resin that best matches the natural colour of your teeth. This ensures that the bonding material will blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.

Step 3: application

Once the tooth is prepared and the shade of the bonding material is selected, we will apply the composite resin to the surface of the tooth. We’ll then sculpt and shape the material to match the natural contours of your other teeth.

Step 4: curing

After the composite resin is applied, we’ll cure (or harden) it using a special light. The light activates the bonding agent in the resin, causing it to harden and bond to the tooth surface.

Step 5: polishing

Once the resin has hardened, we will polish the tooth to give it a natural, shiny appearance. This will also help to prevent staining and discolouration over time.

What are the benefits of composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a firm favourite amongst many of our patients, and one of our most requested treatments at Kamran Rasul Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry! Here are a few reasons why it has earned its rightful place at the top of many dental wish-lists:

  1. Composite bonding can significantly improve the appearance of teeth, filling in gaps, repairing chips or cracks, and improving the colour and shape of the tooth.

  2. It’s a quick and painless procedure that can typically be completed in a single visit to the dentist's office.

  3. Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers, composite bonding does not require the removal of any natural tooth structure, making it a non-invasive option for improving the appearance of teeth.

  4. Composite bonding is a cost-effective option for improving the appearance of teeth, making it a popular choice for those on a budget.

  5. With proper care and maintenance, composite bonding can last for many years, providing a long-lasting solution for improving the appearance of teeth.

How do you maintain composite bonding?

Composite bonding requires proper care and maintenance to ensure its longevity and effectiveness. Our expert cosmetic dentists recommend following these simple tips to help keep your composite bonding looking fresh:

  1. Brush twice a day and floss daily to maintain good oral hygiene. This will help to prevent decay and gum disease, which can damage the bonding material.

  2. Hard or sticky foods can cause the bonding material to chip or break, so it is best to avoid these types of foods.

  3. If you participate in sports or other physical activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and the bonding material.

  4. Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, can stain the bonding material over time. It is best to avoid these or limit their consumption.

  5. Regular dental examinations and cleanings can help to detect any issues with the bonding material early on and prevent further damage.

Where can I get expert composite bonding treatment?

At Kamran Rasul Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry, our skilled dentists have transformed hundreds of smiles with minimally-invasive composite bonding. If you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, now is the perfect time to make a change!

Get in touch with our friendly team to book an appointment.



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