What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is the process of applying tooth coloured filling material to the surface of the teeth to change the overall shape, size and colour of the tooth.
Composite edge bonding is where composite is added to the edges of the tooth to make them look more symmetrical and repair small chips or imperfections of the teeth
Situations where composite bonding is suitable:
- Chipped teeth
- General wear
- To improve aesthetic appearance of tooth/smile
The main benefits are:
- No needles / Injections
- No drilling of the natural tooth structure
- Same day result
Do your teeth have to be straight first before composite bonding?
We would always recommend straightening before the bonding as it helps. Slight minor misalignment can be masked with composite. However, it is always advisable to straighten with braces or Invisalign first.
The differences between composite bonding and Porcelain veneers
Non-invasive treatment. No drilling or permanent damage to the natural teeth is done, and it can be easily repaired if needed.
Veneers are irreversible, as the tooth needs to be drilled to perfectly fit it.
Cheaper than porcelain veneers.
Veneers cost more
Offers immediate results, as it can be done in one single visit to the dentist.
Veneers require at least two visits, with a space of a week between them to allow time for the work to return from the lab.
Lasts from 5 to 7 years, if the patient takes good care of it.
Porcelain veneers are expected to last at least 15 years
They don’t break or chip easily and they don’t stain or discolour as the composite resin does.
Porcelain veneers are significantly more resistant than composite bonding