All You need to know about Composite Bonding
If your teeth have gaps, chips or fractures,discolouration issues, then one of the cosmetic treatment options open to you is composite bonding. Knowing that such composite bonding may be a viable treatment option, you may have many questions about it. Those include what exactly composite bonding is, what are its benefits and how much it cost. Others are on whether it can be done for free on NHS, whether it can be done alongside other teeth whitening treatments and what its alternatives are. This article will help you resolve all your curiosity regarding composite bonding. All this is with a view to helping you get proper understanding of the composite bonding teeth London dentists prescribe for their patients.
What exactly composite bonding mean?
Composite bonding is a dental procedure whereby tooth-colored resin is applied to teeth. It is to resolve issues like filling chips, gap between teeth, damage due to fractures, and discolouration. So it is essentially a cosmetic treatment.
Teeth that have gaps, chips or fractures do not look perfect. They need to be filled up or, as it were, ‘bonded’. So, to fill the teeth up (cosmetically at least) composite bonding is undertaken. Once the composite bonding is properly done, imperfections on the teeth are no longer visible, It makes the teeth look better.
3 main benefits of composite bonding
Composite bonding is beneficial because:
1. It is effective
Once it is properly done, composite bonding completely covers up the imperfections (like gaps, chipping, and fractures) on the teeth. Since the resin that is used in this treatment is of exactly the same color as the tooth, the end result is very natural-looking. So this is not one of those cosmetic dental treatments that yield awkward, unnatural-looking results.
2. It is non-invasive
The procedure for composite bonding doesn’t entail cutting the tooth’s enamel or anything else that causes much permanent damage. All the dentist has to do is slightly roughen the tooth’s surface, so as to facilitate the bonding of the resin. So for people who want to correct teeth cosmetic imperfections, but are wary of invasive procedures, composite bonding can be a good fit. Indeed most of the composite bonding teeth London patients choose this option due to the procedure’s non-invasive nature. It is effective, yet non-invasive. For many people, that is a great attraction.
3. It is fast
Composite bonding is the sort of cosmetic dental procedure that can be completed in the course of a single visit to the dentist. This too is a great attraction. For people whose teeth develop issues like chips or fractures, and want a fast solution, composite bonding tends to work very well. Indeed, this is mainly the context against which most emergency composite bonding London services are procured. Many other cosmetic treatments that yield similar results would typically require lots of preparation work in dental labs, and multiple visits to the clinic. But with composite bonding, everything can be done and brushed (no pun intended) within as little as an hour!
Cost of composite bonding
For all its benefits, composite bonding is actually not very costly. Composite bonding London prices, for instance, are mostly in the 200 to 400 pounds per tooth. So these are largely manageable figures for most people who believe in investing in their best appearance.
Can I get composite bonding for free on NHS
Since composite bonding is largely considered to be a cosmetic dental procedure, it is unfortunately not something one can get done for free on NHS. Even for emergency composite bonding London (and other UK) patients typically have to bear the cost directly.
Thankfully though, as we have seen earlier, the composite bonding London prices are not too high.
Composite bonding with other teeth whitening treatments
It is possible to use composite bonding alongside other teeth whitening treatments. But that comes with a caveat: those other teeth whitening treatments have to precede the composite bonding.
Remember, as we said earlier, the resin used in composite bonding has to be a perfect match for the teeth’ color. That is the only way the end result from the composite bonding treatment can be truly natural looking. This means that any other teeth whitening treatments have to be done first. Once they are complete, the resultant teeth color can be noted. Then resin matching that exact whiteness can be used in the composite bonding, to end up with a natural-looking result.
Composite bonding procedure
At its core, the composite bonding procedure has three key steps.
The surface of the tooth where composite bonding is to be done is roughened slightly. The goal is to make it capable of bonding with resin. After roughening, some liquid to help with adhesion will be applied.
The resin is applied to the now roughened tooth surface. This resin will have previously been very carefully selected to perfectly match the teeth color. So now resin is applied and moulded to the proper shape, to cover whatever imperfections (like gaps, chipping and fractures) may be on the tooth.
The resin is cured – that is hardened with light– in order to make it an integral part of the tooth. And finally, it is polished to match with other teeth.
Things you need to take care of after composite bonding
You have to avoid certain foods and drinks like tea and coffee, as well as smoking for a couple of days.
On an ongoing basis, you need to maintain top dental hygiene and regular visits to the dental hygienist. This will maintain your composite bond last longer.
You need to avoid chewing unhealthily tough things, which can damage the resin bond. This is because bonds are not too strong as compared to the original teeth.
Other treatments you can use instead of composite bonding
There are two key alternative treatments that one can also use to address the issues that are normally resolved by composite bonding.
The first of those is the use of veneers.
And the second alternative is the use of dental crowns.
Both come with their pros and cons. For many people though, composite bonding remains an ideal cosmetic treatment, because it is highly effective, non-invasive, and fast.