Composite dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive way to make minor dental repairs.
Increasingly patients are opting for this as a solution as opposed to alternative methods due to its cost and limited or no tooth preparation requirement. Alongside this, there is usually no need for any local anaesthetic or injections. This makes it a pain-free way to improve your smile.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-coloured composite white filling material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. This treatment is ideal following teeth whitening so that our dentists can match the white filling material to the new, whiter shade of the natural tooth.
It’s called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Dental bonding is ideal for small cosmetic dentistry work. Such as fixing a broken or chipped tooth or closing small gaps between teeth.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front side of teeth to improve the overall appearance and the colour of teeth. They can be used to restore a chipped tooth and close small gaps in between the teeth. They are made of either thin plastic resin or porcelain and can be placed to:
If Composite Bonding or Veneers is something you would like to consider and discuss further, we will be happy to book you a consultation with one of our dentists. Within this consultation, you will receive a full examination and discuss which treatment is the best option to improve your smile and create a tailored treatment plan for you.
The answer depends on your treatment expectations and whether you want to have a whiter shade prior to starting treatment.
If you are unhappy with the shade of your teeth as they are before hand then you will likely want to have whitening as this can impact the end results.
We offer two options for whitening, so if this is something you are considering. Speak to your dentist at the consultation and we will be able to help you further.
In most cases, we advise composite bonding to last up to 5 years, potentially more depending on how well you look after your teeth.
Veneers are constructed in a laboratory and made from porcelain (can be made from composite also). Bonding is done is surgery and can be done in one appointment.
Most veneers will require the clinician to remove tooth structure from your tooth in order to place the veneers and make it look aesthetically pleasing. Your clinician will discuss this will you during your consultation. If the tooth has been shaped and reduced this make it non reversible treatment.
Your veneer will not change colour over time but they can pick up staining as with any surface, this can be cleaned and polished.
In order to place veneer your natural tooth will need to be shaped and reduced. This is done by cutting away tooth structure into the desired shape for the veneer to sit on.