Composite bonding is a fantastic way of correcting decayed, worn, mildly crooked, spaced, misshapen or mildly discoloured teeth. It is a strong acrylic resin that is matched, sometimes in layers, to the shade and translucency of your natural teeth. It has less initial cost and is less damaging to tooth structure than veneers or crowns, therefore there is less chance of developing dental nerve problems such as pain or sensitivity. It is a one-visit procedure that doesn’t usually require a numbing injection.
The drawbacks to composite are that it is less durable and wear resistant than veneers or crowns, it can pick up staining around the margins over time, and it takes skill and precision to sculpt and place. Composite bonding will require regular maintenance, repair, refurbishment and replacement.
The current state of the art in cosmetic dentistry focuses on “The Three B’s“ – Braces, Bleaching and Bonding. Clear, cosmetic ‘braces’ such as CFast or Invisalign are used to push the teeth into their ideal positions, a course of tooth whitening gel will lighten and freshen the natural shade of the teeth, then composite is bonded to any areas of wear, spacing or imperfect shape to create a beautiful, natural and harmonious result. Look at our smile gallery to see what these techniques can do.