Composite bonding offers an easy solution for people looking to fix minor tooth imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, discolouration, tooth decay an overall aesthetics. At Bellevue Hill Dental, we provide our patients with a range of cosmetic dental procedures suited to their dental requirements, lifestyle and budget. Composite bonding is just one of the many different types of dental veneers that we offer for people looking to enhance or restore their smile.
Composite bonding involves applying tooth-coloured composite resin to teeth that have been chipped, cracked, decayed, or discoloured. The resin is moulded and applied to the affected teeth in order to alter their length, shape, and hue, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking smile.
Composite bonding can usually be completed in one or two visits to the dentist, with results often visible instantly after the treatments. It can be used for one or multiple teeth and blend the changes to match your existing teeth.
Composite bonding offers various benefits, including but not limited to:
Repairs chips, gaps and tooth decay by filling in the damaged area and shaping it to match the rest of your teeth
Fixes misalignment of your teeth to make them look straighter and more proportionate
Provides a protective barrier to cracked or chipped teeth, preventing further damage and wear
Composite bonding is a relatively fast procedure compared to other aesthetic treatments.
Here’s what you can expect in the composite bonding procedure at Bellevue Hill Dental:
The first step is to schedule a consultation. This involves a dental examination to allow us to guide and recommend the best possible treatment according to your dental needs. It also helps us understand your aesthetic requirements and address your concerns before the procedure.
Next is the trial stage. This will allow you to see how your composite veneers will look. You can try the teeth on before the final appointment and request any changes you want. To get your ideal shade, we begin a home teeth whitening treatment for two weeks and take your teeth impressions to make a mould of your teeth.
First, we will show you a shade card to determine the closest shade to your original teeth. Then we will proceed with cleaning your teeth to ensure there are no bacteria on the tooth surface and it is ready for the composite application. Lastly, we will shape your tooth enamel, trimming or filling the tooth to get the desired shape. We may need to drill through or trim the decayed teeth before filling the resin.
Once your teeth have been prepared, we will etch the tooth surface with an acidic solution. This is also known as a tooth conditioner because it roughens the tooth surface, creating a better surface for a stronger bond. The acid etching also helps to remove any bacteria, plaque, and debris from the tooth surface, which helps to prevent future decay and increase the longevity of the composite bond. The gel is kept on for a minute before being washed off.
Next, the bonding agent is applied to the prepared tooth surface and followed by placing the composite on the etched tooth. The composite resembles a putty and is contoured to the desired shape and size.
Finally, the bonding agent and the composite are cured with high-intensity UV light for up to a minute. The final application will be shaped, trimmed and polished for a natural and attractive look. We will also check your bite and overall function to ensure the results are comfortable.
Like all dental procedures, composite bonding requires the correct aftercare and maintenance to ensure they last their lifespan. These include:
Maintaining good oral health practices and getting regular dental checkups
The cost for composite bonding varies for each patient and depends on the amount of work required for each tooth. After your consultation, our dental team will be able to provide an estimated cost for your procedure. We also offer payment plans for our patients to make dental care more affordable and accessible.
At Bellevue Hill Dental, we put you and your oral health first. We understand each patient’s dental needs are unique. This is why we offer personalised treatment plans for each of our patients. If you’re interested in composite bonding, we can help you get started. Just book a consultation with our friendly dentists, and we’ll work with you to give you a more radiant and healthy smile.