Composite bonding is a process whereby a material called dental composite (also known as dental resin) is applied to a teeth to enhance its look. It can make your teeth look natural and more beautiful. This process is often used for patients whose natural teeth are slightly crooked, cracked, chipped or not as white as they want them to be.
Composite bonding is a procedure that can make you feel more self-confident. Usually, the first step in undergoing composite bonding treatment is teeth whitening. This will help your teeth colour match the shade of composite you have chosen. The composite resins cannot be whitened. This step is only carried out for those who do not like the colour of their teeth. If you like yours, that’s great, and that means this step can be skipped for you.
There is a difference between composite bonding and composite veneers. Composite veneers are used to correct smaller problems, usually in just one tooth, while composite bonding is used for all the teeth. At Chatfield, bonding is carried out by two of our dentists who have a special interest in cosmetic dentistry. This means you will be treated by professionals with considerable skill and experience in this type of procedure.
The common miunderstandings about composite bonding
Composite bonding is sometimes confused withcomposite veneers. With composite veneers, the composite resin is applied to any of the teeth in the “social six” (the very front, central teeth). Though composite bonding is made of a substance similar to that of a composite veneer, they are not actually the same thing.
Composite bonding is not also the same thing as a composite filling. Composite fillings are white fillings which are used for the back teeth or dental crowns that cover the surface and the part of the tooth that can be seen. These fillings are made from porcelain.
Composite veneers are usually not as expensive as porcelain veneers. They must be created by a dentist who has a good understanding of how your bite functions. This will help them last for a long time. Patients with visibly small teeth who show too much of their gums when smilingmay also consider composites.
Should I have bonding?
Composite bonding is an excellent option for many patients. It can be carried out in one quick appointment, so it is time and cost effective; unlike porcelain veneers, which usually need several appointments and take up to three weeks to finish.
Composite bonding is also good because it doesn’t have any negative impact on the tooth it is bound to. This is therefore a minimally- invasive way of restoring the teeth , which is at the heart of our work at Chatfield.
Renamel® or 3M® is the composite material that is usually used. This material is simply sculpted onto the teeth. There is no pain or damage, because there is no form of drilling or filing involved in the process. In contrast, there are risks involved in drilling the teeth before fitting porcelain veneers, especially for patients in their 20’s and 30’s. It is usually not preferable to opt for treatments which require extensive removal of the tooth tissue, especially in younger patients.
When the teeth are drilled, there is an increased risk that they will fail(die or fall out). This does not depend on how good or experienced your dentist is; it just comes with drilling. A root canal or an implant treatment could be needed because of this. This iswhy minimally invasive methods are usually advised.
Be careful of this…
Some dentists may become over-zealous when they see young people with healthy teeth, and recommend them to opt for porcelain veneers. Going for a porcelain veneer is the best decision in certain cases- but you must be very careful because of the permanent damage it will have on the teeth. This treatment is also more expensive. People faced with this decision sometimes feel they should go abroad and get a cheaper treatment, but this is not the solution to your problem. If you undertake treatment abroad, you will not receive the same after care and if something goes wrong, you will be faced with needing more expensive treatment. The best solution to improve your front teeth is undeniabl composite bonding, and we at Chatfield are ready to help you get the smile you want! So book in at Battersea, not Bulgaria!
Composite bonding and porcelain veneers- which has the greatest risk?
Before we discuss the risks involved in these two methods, let us look at their differences.Porcelain veneers are much more invasive- the teeth require numbing with injections, drilling and filing down. When the prepping process is not done well,excessive enamel may be removed, and this can be dangerous to the tooth. This prepping is always done so that space is made for the veneer. This is what many people who have perfectly healthy teeth, understandably, want to avoid.
A key advantage of composite bonding is that it takes around an hour to be done, and this happens without th need for any injections or drills. Bonding will give a perfect finished look. The porcelain veneers are much more complex, and they are more time-consuming. Your first appointment will be used for prepping; then your dentist will have your veneers made in the laboratory, and provide you with a temporary set.
You will also require a follow up appointment, to ensure the veneers do not negatively affect your bite. The complete process can take up to a month, although if anything goes wrong this can lengthen the time taken considerably.
Be careful of this
Some dentists are not very well informed about composite resin materials. This is because they have become used to making traditional veneers,soare not bothered about learning about the exciting developments in dental technology and material science. It is important for you to discern whether you are being told to go for veneers instead of the composite bonding because that is the best clinical option, or because the dentistis perhaps not as proficient or confident about using these modern materials. At Chatfield, our dentists keep well abreast of all these innovative and exciting new materials, and can provide you with an option that will give you the smile you want, while minimizing or avoiding any damage to your teeth.
Is dental bonding suitable for everyone?
No- dental bonding is not suitable for every patient. Before your dentist recommends dental bonding for you, they will need to be sure the treatment will be ideal for you. Composite bonding is mostsuitable for people whose natural teeth are still healthy. If there are issues with gaps between teeth, or other problems such as with your bite, you may need to have these corrected before you can have bonding. Book in with one of our dentists to find out what you need to do first!
What else should I consider?
Before undergoing bonding, you and your dentist need to consider why you want it. If your teeth are visibily chipped due to tooth-grinding, erosion from acidic drinks, or from habits like opening bottle tops with your teeth, it is important to address these first. Otherwise, the bonding may end up becoming damaged too.
Is bonding expensive?
Compared to porcelain veneers, compositebonding isgenerally much less expensive. The going rate is usually around £150 per tooth.
Porcelain veneers are about five times more expensive than this. Considering the tooth damage and extra risk associated with veneers, it is easy to see why we usually recommend bonding as the best option for perfecting your smile.
What is the lifespan of composite bonding?
Composite bonding usually lasts for about 5-8 years. The material used can be weakened or destroyed, though, if you don’t take proper care of it. Your dentist will be able to give you advice on how to enhance the longevity of your bonding.
Remember that your dentist’s experience matters in the lifespan and longevity of your bonding. At Chatfield, our dentists have hundreds of brilliant cases of bonding as experience- so you can be sure your bonding will last as long as possible and make your smile beautiful.
Composite bonding is definitely worth considering if you want to improve your smile. Its relatively low cost and how quick it can be done always make it an excellent option.Whether you have this treatment by itself to touch up your front teeth slightly, or alongside whitening and braces to totally revamp your smile, you will be amazed at how stunning the result will be!
If you would like to make your smile perfect, you are in excellent hands at Chatfield. Our team will take the time to discuss all your options, and carefully consider your expectations and budget. If composite bonding is ideal for you, you can rest assured we will give your teeth the best makeover imaginable. We always strive to deliver minimally invasive treatments because we know the importance of preserving your natural teeth. Where possible, we believe in enhancing, not removing! Call us today to book in for a consultation.