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Composite Bonding is a non-invasive treatment designed to enhance the size, shape and colour of your smile by carefully sculpting composite resin to your teeth.
Composite Bonding works really well in treating cosmetic dental issues like gaps, chipped, cracked or broken front teeth. It can also be used as part of a smile makeover to give the appearance of perfectly aligned teeth and a uniform colour across the smile.
Composite is a great material choice because it is tooth coloured and can bond to natural teeth, without having to remove tooth structure to create space.
Composite Bonding in Didcot has become increasingly popular among patients looking to improve the appearance of their teeth. This is because bonding composite to your teeth does not necessitate any reduction or preparation of the underlying tooth surface, making it a safe and aesthetically pleasing treatment option.
Furthermore, Composite Bonding typically only requires one office visit, giving patients the opportunity to achieve a brand new smile in a day.
It is likely that you will be a good candidate for composite bonding if your dental health is stable and your goals are manageable. To determine whether you are a suitable candidate for composite bonding, or more likely, which teeth you can predictably treat with composite bonding, your dentist will also examine the way your teeth bite together, look for indications of tooth wear, and whether there is any evidence of grinding or clenching.
The process of having composite bonding done is very simple. You attend the clinic for a single visit and the procedure takes a couple of hours, depending on how many teeth we are treating. Very rarely do we have to give any injections during the procedure, so the process is extremely comfortable and pain free. Afterwards, you can eat and drink as normal, and there is no downtime required.
You must take great care of your composite bonding if you want it to last a significant period. You need to use floss or tepe brushes at least once per day, a fluoride toothpaste, mouthwash (at different times), and an electric toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day. You also need to keep regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist. You must also use the plastic retainer that your dentist has prescribed for you if you have completed orthodontic treatment and/or there is evidence that you clench or grind your teeth. Your bonding will chip, stain, discolour, shatter, or fail far more quickly if you don't take care of it.
It is very important to know that composite is not as strong as enamel. It can chip, break and stain. How quickly it can do these things depends on a lot of things we can't change, like whether you grind or clench your teeth, how well you brush and floss your teeth every day, how often you eat hard, sticky, or coloured foods, and whether or not you go to your dentist or hygienist recall appointments.
If you do what the instructions say and take good care of your composites, they should last anywhere from 3 to 7 years. Composite resin bonding is a minimally invasive way to make changes and improvements to your teeth. Because of this, you will need to take care of it regularly.
All our dentists are experienced and skilful in the procedure, and therefore can blend the composite perfectly with natural teeth. Composite can be used to restore any irregularities in your teeth without having to cut down any healthy tooth structure. This is one of composites greatest properties.
Always remember that cosmetic treatment is elective treatment – you always have the option to decide to not to any treatment.
Alternative restorative treatments to composite bonding includes restoring teeth using ceramic veneers – these are thin layers of ceramic which are carefully prepared in a dental laboratory, and bonding to the front and sides of your teeth, to change the shape, size and colour of them. Ceramic veneers have a higher aesthetic outcome, they have a longer lifespan, and they do not stain. They are generally used when we are trying to achieve a more pronounced and bigger improvement to a patients smile, rather than making small tweaks.
Patients are often worried about the underlying tooth being drilled for ceramic veneers, but by careful planning it is often possible to avoid heavy preparation of the underlying tooth. If you require more information about ceramic veneers, please let your dentist know.
The cost of composite bonding depends on the complexity of your case, which is why we're happy to give you a free, personalised quote at your free assessment. Most of the time, composite bonding starts in the region of £200 per tooth.