Are you looking for a quick and simple solution to correct those pesky teeth flaws, such as a small chip or crooked teeth, but don’t want to go for an extensive procedure?
Smile transformations don’t always have to include a complete overhaul of your teeth. They can be as simple as covering tooth discolouration, correcting a small gap or covering a crack or chip.
If you’re one of the many people looking for subtle smile enhancements or solutions to minor teeth issues that have always been a concern for you, composite bonding may be an ideal solution. It combines the benefits of being minimally invasive, cost-effective and quick while being flexible enough to correct a wide range of teeth imperfections. Find out more about this versatile cosmetic dental procedure in our comprehensive guide.
What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding involves applying a tooth-coloured resin to the surface of your tooth, which is then sculpted and polished to blend with the rest of your teeth. The resin is hardened using a special light to ensure it is firmly attached to your teeth for long-lasting results. Some of the issues it can help fix include:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Exposed tooth roots
- Tooth lengthening
How Does Composite Bonding Work?
Composite bonding usually requires minimal tooth preparation and can often be completed in a single dental appointment. The results generally last for five years, but proper aftercare can help extend its lifespan. However, composite bonding may need occasional touch-ups or replacement over time.
Here’s what you can expect during a composite bonding procedure at Bellevue Hill Dental:
We begin with a consultation to understand your aesthetic needs, examining to evaluate the condition of your teeth. This allows us to address any concerns you may have, treat any present issues such as tooth decay or plaque buildup and gain insight into your cosmetic goals. We may also recommend a home teeth whitening treatment if required before you complete the bonding application for better results.
We show you a shade card to choose the shade closest to your natural teeth. Next, we clean your teeth, ensuring the surface is free of bacteria and ready for composite material application. We shape your tooth enamel to achieve the desired form. In some cases, we may need to address decayed teeth by carefully drilling or trimming before applying the resin.
Application of Composite Material
Once the tooth preparation is complete, we use an acidic solution to etch the tooth surface to create a textured surface for a stronger bond. The etching gel remains in place for approximately one minute before being rinsed off.
Next, we apply a bonding agent to the prepared tooth surface, followed by the placement of the composite material onto the etched tooth. The composite material has a putty-like consistency and is meticulously shaped and sized to achieve the desired aesthetic.
Curing and Final Touches
To complete the procedure, the bonding agent and composite material are hardened using a high-intensity UV light for approximately one minute. The final application is carefully shaped, trimmed, and polished to create a natural and visually appealing result. We also assess your bite and overall function to ensure that the outcome is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.
At Bellevue Hill Dental, we offer personalised treatment plans, factoring in your dental, aesthetic, and lifestyle needs. We aim to provide a complete solution, addressing each element of your oral needs for a lasting and durable solution – with treatments 100% tailored to your requirements.
Aftercare and Maintenance
Caring for your composite bonding is simple. Follow a proper oral hygiene routine, like brushing twice daily and flossing regularly. Keep up with your routine oral checkups to ensure your bonded and natural teeth are free of plaque buildup and cavities. If you experience continued sensitivity, inform your dentist without delay.
Here are a few things you can follow to ensure your composite bonding stays in good shape:
- Brushing twice daily with fluoride-based toothpaste
- Daily flossing to keep away all the tiny food particles stuck between teeth
- Rinsing with alcohol-free mouthwash to wash out the bacteria
- Wearing a mouthguard during contact sports or at night if you grind your teeth
- Being careful about biting down on hard objects as this may damage the bonding
- Avoiding using your teeth as a tool, for example, opening bottles
- Limiting intake of staining drinks such as coffee, wine and tea
- Staying away from tobacco products or smoking as it can stain both your natural and bonded teeth
We encourage dental checkups after every six months to assess your oral health, detect potential issues and help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. This also helps keep your composite bonding looking great and your smile healthy and flawless.
Ready to Take the Next Step for Your Smile?
At Bellevue Hill Dental, we understand that each smile is unique and requires a personal touch to help elevate it. Whether you’re looking for missing teeth replacement with dental implants, crowns, and bridges or smile enhancements with composite bonding or dental veneers, we’ve got you covered. With a team of friendly and caring dentists and the latest techniques in modern dentistry, we’re your smile partners for life.
Book a consultation today.