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Composite bonding

1 March 2021

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding involves application of a tooth-coloured resin material to the teeth to repair breakages and fractures, to improve tooth size and shape, or to fill gaps between teeth.  When resin is applied over the entire tooth surface, this treatment may be termed composite veneers. A resin shade is selected to match your tooth shade, and following adhesion and sculpting of the material it is cured (set) with a light and polished. In many cases it is possible to show you a temporary ‘preview’ of your new smile prior to treatment. Often composite bonding can be completed in a single visit.

Who can have composite bonding?

Your dentist is able to assess your dentition and determine whether composite bonding is the most suitable treatment option for improvement of your smile.  It is important that prior to cosmetic treatment your teeth and gums are healthy. There are very few contraindications to having composite bonding.

Does composite bonding hurt?

Composite bonding is pain-free, and in most cases will not even require local anaesthetic. This is because the procedure is non-invasive. You can return to normal activities such as work straight after your treatment.

Does composite bonding look natural?

Composite bonding can achieve a lovely natural appearance. This is because of its versatility; it can be placed minimally to enhance your smile, or more extensively to achieve bigger changes. Composite bonding can alter the shape and size of teeth, as well as closing gaps between teeth.  Because the composite colour is matched to your tooth shade, composite bonding blends with your natural teeth.

Is composite bonding safe?

Composite bonding is considered a safe treatment without any major risks. It is a non-invasive treatment which involves very little, if any, preparation of the underlying teeth meaning that complications are negligible.

Should I get composite bonding? What are the alternatives?

Composite bonding can improve your smile and confidence safely and efficiently. Often treatment may be completed in a single visit, and is pain-free. Compared to alternative options such as veneers and crowns, composite bonding is a less invasive procedure which rarely requires preparation of the underlying tooth, and is also a more affordable option. Composite bonding is versatile, and treatment is planned bespoke to your needs and wishes, and can be planned in conjunction with tooth straightening and tooth whitening. Your dentist will discuss the relative merits of all treatment options tailored to your individual circumstances.

How much does composite bonding cost?

Composite bonding is available from approximately £200 per tooth; however, your dentist is able to provide you with a quote specific to your circumstances and treatment preferences. Composite bonding is a more affordable option in comparison to veneers and crowns, at approximately one-quarter of the cost.

How long does composite bonding last?

Composite bonding may last between 4 and 10 years on average, depending upon factors such as your bite, diet and habits, for example tooth grinding. Over time composite bonding can stain and chip, however the longevity of your bonding treatment can be promoted through good dental hygiene, care with dietary choices, avoidance of smoking, and reducing habits such as nail biting. Minor stains can be polished away and small chips can be repaired.

Can composite bonding be whitened?

When planning composite bonding, your dentist will discuss with you the option to have your teeth whitened prior to treatment. The composite used in bonding is selected to match your tooth shade, and once it has been placed it is not possible to whiten the composite colour.

Is composite bonding better than veneers?

Traditional veneers are made from porcelain material which is bonded to the underlying tooth. Porcelain can achieve excellent aesthetic results which are long lasting, however their placement may in some cases necessitate some preparation of the underlying tooth and they are more expensive. Composite bonding or composite veneers may offer a more affordable, quicker, and less invasive treatment option. Composite bonding/veneers can be repaired, and do not prevent you having porcelain veneers in the future.

Can composite bonding be removed?

Existing composite bonding can be trimmed away to enable renewal and replacement, or to reveal the underlying tooth, however a fine layer of composite may remain on the tooth surface.

If you would like to learn more about composite bonding and whether it is the right treatment for you please get in touch via our website, fill in a smile assessment form, email one of our treatment coordinators ( or ring the practice on 01242 269498.

Please visit our smile gallery to see examples of composite bonding.

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