What is composite bonding?

If your teeth have become discoloured, chipped, cracked, or decayed, there are a range of different options you can choose to correct this. Composite bonding may be the perfect choice for you to get your smile back - but what actually is this? Composite bonding is a simple procedure you can get done at your dentists North Wales

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is the application of a resin to the surface of your teeth and is used for repairs. This is usually affordable and completed within one visit. 

What is composite bonding used for?

Bonding can correct so many dental issues. It is most commonly used to fix chipped or discoloured teeth. It can also be used to close large gaps between teeth, change a tooths shape, or make teeth appear longer. Sometimes bonding is used instead of amalgam or metal fillings to protect an exposed root of a tooth where the gums are receding. 

What to expected from a composite bonding appointment 

Your dentist will start by using a shade guide to choose a shade of resin which best matches your teeth and face. Before application, the surface of the tooth will be roughed and coated with a conditioning liquid to provide the best surface for the resin to stick to. 

Once prepared, the dentist will apply the resin to the tooth and mould it to the desired shape. The material is then hardened using a UV light or laser. Once set, any finishing touches will be completed, such as shaping and polishing. 

It usually takes around half an hour to an hour for each tooth to be finished, so if you are having multiple teeth done, it may take more than one appointment. You can return to normal activities straight after your procedure as no anaesthesia is used. 

Are there any risks with composite bonding?

Resin is nowhere near as strong as your natural tooth. It is more likely to chip off or break - so it’s better to kick certain habits such as nail biting and chewing on pens etc. 

How do I care for bonded teeth?

Bonding material can stain just as your teeth can, it may even be more prone to staining - so watch out for coffee, cigarettes, tea, and wine. You don’t need to cut them out completely - just limit your use or use a straw to consume the liquids, especially for the first 48 hours. 

Other than this, you care for the composite bonding as you would with your normal teeth. 


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