Composite bonding is the process of applying a material called dental composite or composite resin to the teeth to make them look better and more aesthetically pleasing.  Patients who come in for this procedure often feel their natural teeth are slightly crooked, mis-shaped or chipped. Bonding can be used to make teeth appear longer, change the shape or colour of a tooth or even close gaps between the teeth. 

Composite bonding is different from dental veneers in that they fix smaller problems in just a few of the teeth or even just one tooth. Most dentists recommend bonding for small changes that don’t require covering the entire tooth. 

One of the best things about bonding is that you can have it done in just one visit to our practice located just outside of Warrington, so you can enjoy your stunning new smile as soon as you leave the practice!

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The Procedure

Before we begin the bonding procedure, we will use a shade chart to make sure the composite resin we choose is a perfect colour match to your natural teeth.

Once you’re happy with the colour, we will prepare your tooth for the procedure. We’ll then coat the tooth we’re treating with a light amount of conditioning liquid to help the resin bond with your enamel.

The next step is to apply the resin. We will mould and smooth the putty-like material until it is shaped exactly the way you want it, before shining a special ultra-violet light onto your tooth to set the resin.

When the resin has hardened, we will polish the tooth so that it matches the shine of your natural teeth.

This procedure is shorter than many other cosmetic procedures, lasting upwards from an hour. All that’s left to do then is enjoy your beautiful new smile!

Am I Suitable for Composite Bonding?

Bonding is all about selecting the right patient for the procedure.  Not every tooth is suitable and your dentist will need to assess your mouth fully to determine whether you are fit for the treatment or whether an alternative might be more appropriate.  That aside, most people are suitable for composite bonding – especially if you have healthy natural teeth. 

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Composite Bonding?

The Pros

  • Bonding is simpler than many other procedures and doesn’t involve waiting for a dental laboratory – they can usually be carried out in a single visit.
  • It involves little or no change to the original tooth, allowing patients to keep underlying teeth intact.
  • Bonding is less expensive than many other cosmetic procedures and is accessible to more patients.

The Cons

  • The composite resin used in bonding does not last as long as porcelain and will need to be replaced more frequently.
  • The bonding material is not as stain-resistant as porcelain and is more susceptible to chipping.
  • Bonding can only rectify smaller aesthetic issues.

Bonding Or Veneers: Picking The Best Option For Your Smile

Our dentist’s aim is to help you get the smile you want in a way that fits your needs and budget. The best place to start when deciding on a cosmetic procedure like bonding or veneers is to have a conversation with one of our friendly, experienced dentists. A general rule of thumb is that bonding is often the best solution for small changes in an overall healthy mouth.

For patients who need bigger corrections and who are ready to invest in significant changes to their smile, a veneer may be the way to go. Your dentist is genuinely interested in the approach that’s best for you and will help you make the best decision with the most up to date information.

If you would like to speak about your options or learn more, then book your free consultation now! Either by filling out our form or calling on 01925 756565.

Practice Hours

Monday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday: 8.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Thursday: 8.00am – 5.30pm
Friday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Saturdays by appointment only.

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Dental Solutions
9 Henry St,
Lymm,
Cheshire,
WA13 0LS

Phone
01925 756565

Email
smile@gavinismydentist.com

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