What is Composite Resin Bonding?Composite Resin Bonding (which can also be referred to as tooth bonding or dental bonding), is a dental technique whereby a special material is shaped and moulded on your teeth which then makes your teeth and smile appear straighter and whiter. It offers an ideal solution for gaps in your teeth and minor damage that you might have, and when carried out as a cosmetic treatment, it is not currently available on the NHS, so you have to get this treatment done privately.
What can Composite Resin Bonding be used for?Composite Resin Bonding is an effective treatment for a range of common dental problems and issues, including chipped teeth, gapped teeth, and also any staining that you might have in both your teeth and also your fillings. This type of Bonding is usually used for filling chips, fractures or gaps between teeth, or for fixing discolouration.
What are the advantages of Composite Resin Bonding?Unlike other alternative dental treatments such as porcelain veneer placement which require two or more visits to your dental practice to complete, Composite Resin Bonding can be completed in just one single appointment, which obviously makes things quicker and more convenient for you. It is therefore a fast and effective way to fix minor cosmetic issues that you might have. Because of the way in which this treatment is carried out, whereby the composite material used is hardened using UV light the moment it’s applied, it means that the teeth that you’ve had treated can bite down by the end of the treatment appointment – so it’s extremely convenient and won’t disrupt your everyday life in any way. Composite Resin Bonding is also a very non-invasive procedure, meaning that unlike other alternative treatments such as crowns and veneers, which require part of the treated tooth to be permanently removed, composite resin bonding only requires the surface of your teeth to be roughened to ensure that the resin bonds correctly – meaning that the structure of your teeth remains intact at all times.
How much does Composite Resin Bonding cost?The cost of Composite Resin Bonding treatment is between £199-£250 per tooth, depending on the degrees of difficulty, and how much of the specialist materials have to be used in your specific case.
How does the Treatment work?Composite Resin Bonding treatment usually starts with the removal of surface enamel, which will enable us to shape the composite resin to the unique shape of your teeth, then after that we’ll apply the bonding agent. Following this, we then add the composite resin, cure it with a special light, then finish up the treatment by polishing your teeth. Note that this treatment does tend to require a high level of specialist technique in order to get the natural mold and shape of your teeth – therefore it’s best to work with a specialist dentist who has experience and specialty within this area.
What results can I expect?Although results can of course vary with Composite Resin Bonding treatment as with any dental treatments, depending on your exact circumstances and your unique set of teeth – below we have included Before and After images that show what’s possible with this treatment. As you can see, the results are pretty dramatic, with a huge improvement being made to this patient with regards to the overall appearance and aesthetics of their teeth.
Before and after images of a patient that received Composite Resin Bonding treatment. As you can see, it’s a dramatic improvement!
What aftercare is required?Not much, which is one of the great things about this treatment. Usually, the specialist material used is durable enough to not require any on-going checking and upkeep, meaning that you don’t have to keep coming back to the dentist time and time again with this treatment. It’s very quick and convenient in this sense. Really, the only thing that we strongly advise and prescribe after the treatment, is that your regular daily oral and dental care needs to be taken care of – meaning that you need to be cleaning your teeth and using mouthwash to keep your teeth really clean and hygienic throughout the entire day, and we also always advise that you avoid eating or biting down on any really hard food in the aftermath of the treatment, to avoid causing any cracking of the treated teeth. Here are some handy tips that we’ve put together for you regarding what you should be immediately following your treatment for the very best results:
- Avoid tea, coffee, smoking and also food which may stain your teeth for 48 hours after having the procedure done.
- Brush your teeth often, and see the hygienist regularly to maintain good oral health. This will have the added advantage of helping your composite resin bond stay clean and unstained too.
- Avoid biting nails or chewing items such as pen lids, which may cause an issue by chipping the specialist material that we use during this treatment. Note that the resin bonds aren’t as strong as your natural teeth – so it’s important to take precautions to avoid any damage to your new Composite Resin Bonds so that they last you for the greatest amount of time possible.
How long should Composite Resin Bonding last for?With the right brushing and oral hygiene routine and schedule followed after the treatment, your Composite Resin Bonding should last you without any problems or issues for years.
What are the alternative treatments I might want to consider?Typically, the alternative treatments that we advise you might want to look at are detailed below. Note though, that both of these alternatives typically cause some damage to teeth, so this needs to be factored into your decision when you are accessing your options for the best treatment and deciding which is going to be the right one for you.
- Veneers – a thin moulding custom-made from porcelain, which is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. Can also be used to cover gaps in teeth in cases where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.
- Crowns – A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that’s placed over the entire visible portion of your teeth. A crown will feel and function just like your natural regular teeth- and generally if you choose to have a porcelain crown, it will be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.