Thanks to advances in the tools, technology, equipment and methods used in modern dentistry, there is a wide range of effective treatment options available for patients suffering from dental issues.
One of the simplest and most popular treatments is composite bonding, which can help to improve, enhance and cover various cosmetic flaws and imperfections.
Here we tell you everything you need to know about composite bonding in Essex to help determine whether it is the right treatment for you.
What Is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding sometimes referred to as cosmetic bonding, composite artistry or dental bonding is a simple, straight forward and non-invasive treatment that can help patients with minor cosmetic dental issues.
The composite bonding is a tooth-coloured resin which is applied to the surface of the affected tooth and shaped, smoothed and moulded into place to correct and cover dental irregularities.
What Can Composite Bonding Be Used To Treat?
Composite bonding can be used to treat various cosmetic flaws including;
For small gaps, composite bonding can be used to build outwards from the sides of the teeth, reducing the space between them and closing the gap.
With resin that is perfectly colour matched to the natural tooth, chips can be filled and smoothed for a natural, flawless appearance that also helps to prevent further damage.
For single teeth that are a different colour from the rest or for staining that cannot be removed by other methods, composite bonding can cover these blemishes seamlessly.
If left untreated, cracks can worsen and discolour, but composite bonding can be used to reduce the appearance of cracks and help prevent them from getting worse.
The resin can be used to cover and seal off the affected area with the exposed root, helping to stop pain and sensitivity.
Worn / short teeth
Older teeth or those that have been worn down from grinding can be lengthened and evened out with composite bonding.
What Does The Process Entail?
The process of composite bonding is very straightforward and involves just a few steps.
- The dentist will carry out an examination of your teeth which will help them plan how to restore the teeth with composite bonding.
- Affected teeth will be prepared using a gentle roughening method to make the resin adhere better.
- The dentist will carefully and accurately colour match the bonding resin to the shade of your natural teeth.
- The composite resin is carefully applied to the affected teeth, slowly and gradually applying in stages, a little at a time, whilst being expertly shaped to achieve accurate results.
- The resin is then hardened using a special light.
What Are The Benefits Of Composite Bonding?
There are many great advantages to choosing composite bonding treatment, such as;
- As long as it’s not being carried out in conjunction with other treatments then it can be completed in a single visit.
- It is minimally invasive and pain-free.
- Treatment can work out to be very cost-effective when needed for just a few teeth, but this can add up if you are looking to have it done on several at once.
- Results are extremely natural-looking.
But Is Composite Bonding Right For You?
Composite bonding won’t be the best treatment option for everyone and suitability will depend on the individual patient, their unique dental needs and the complexity of their dental issues.
Your dentist will be able to discuss all of your options with you and answer any questions you may have to help you come to an informed decision that is best for you.