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Composite Bonding: The Most Commonly-Asked Questions Answered

Many people have problems with their smile they’d like to address. Thankfully, there are several great cosmetic dental procedures to give you the perfect smile. But often, you may face multiple different types of problems at once. 

Composite bonding is a versatile cosmetic procedure that fixes several issues simultaneously. It’s simple and provides great results, but it’s not a treatment that gets as much attention as some other cosmetic procedures. 

Because it’s less known, it’s natural to have many questions about it. 

In this guide. We answer some of the most commonly asked questions so you get a better understanding of the composite bonding process and its benefits. 

What Is Composite Bonding?

Sometimes called “cosmetic bonding”, this minimally invasive treatment repairs several cosmetic concerns using composite resin. The resin is applied directly to your teeth before being bonded firmly. 

The results of composite bonding are seamless as we choose a resin that perfectly colour-matches your smile. 

What Can Composite Bonding Fix?

Using composite bonding, we can repair cracks and chips, cover staining, rebuild misshapen or damaged teeth, and close small gaps in your smile. 

Before your treatment, we’ll create a bespoke treatment plan focusing on the issues you want us to address. The entire treatment will be tailored to your needs. 

Does Composite Bonding Hurt?

No. In fact, composite bonding is one of the most straightforward smile-enhancing cosmetic treatments in dentistry. We don’t use drills or needles. The process is so painless there’s no need for anaesthetic. 

What Happens During the Composite Bonding Procedure?

After your initial smile assessment, we’ll apply the resin directly to the areas we want to address. The treatment itself is a balance of artistry and science, and we’ll skillfully craft the resin until its shape, texture, and colour look completely natural. 

Once we’re happy with the appearance of your teeth, we’ll use a special light to harden the resin. It’s this stage that ensures the resin binds to your teeth. 

After the resin is cured, we’ll gently polish any rough edges so your teeth feel comfortable. 

Can I Whiten Bonded Teeth?

Although you can still whiten your teeth once they have received the bonding treatment, the resin itself cannot be whitened. If you plan on receiving a whitening treatment in the near future, we recommend discussing it with us during your initial consultation. By doing this, we can plan both treatments so they have the maximum benefit. 

How Much Does Composite Bonding Cost?

Composite bonding is one of the most cost-effective cosmetic treatments. At Quest Dental Care, we can provide this procedure for £250 per tooth for tooth reshaping and £350 per tooth for digital with 3D smile design. Finance options are available to help spread the cost. 

How Long Will Composite Bonding Last?

Dental enamel is the toughest material in the human body, stronger even than bones. Composite resin is tough, but it isn’t as strong as the natural surfaces of your teeth. 

Composite bonding will wear down over time. When this happens, it can be replaced. With proper care, you can expect your resin to remain intact for between five and eight years. 

How Can I Look After My Teeth Once I’ve Had Composite Bonding?

Once your teeth have received composite bonding treatment, it’s important to avoid chewing anything other than food. This means pen lids, tools, ice, or your nails. 

The best way to care for your bonded teeth is to brush twice daily using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily will help maintain the edges of your teeth while rinsing with mouthwash will remove any remaining food debris and help fight bacteria. 

Visiting us for regular checkups and hygiene visits will also give us the opportunity to check on the condition of the composite resin. 

What Are the Alternatives to Composite Bonding?

Although composite bonding is a very versatile procedure, it’s not your only option. Dental veneers also fix the same problems as composite bonding. 

Instead of using resin applied directly to the teeth, dental veneers are fine porcelain shells which are custom-made in a laboratory. After removing a thin layer of enamel, we’ll bond these shells directly to the fronts and sides of your teeth. 

Veneers give your smile a fresh and uniform appearance. The results can last longer than composite bonding, but the treatment is typically more expensive. 

Composite Bonding In Ipswich

Composite bonding is a simple, smile-enhancing treatment that reshapes your teeth, repairing several cosmetic issues. 

Call us today and book your composite bonding consultation today.

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