What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can transform your smile by repairing damaged or discoloured teeth. Composite bonding, also known as edge bonding, is a composite resin, that's moulded and shaped to your teeth, restoring the natural shape and appearance. If you're looking for a quick and affordable way to improve your smile, composite bonding may be the solution you've been looking for.
The colour of the resin is matched to your teeth, appearing as a natural part of the tooth. A course of whitening on your natural teeth is usually offered several weeks before the procedure to ensure the patient obtains the desired shade of white. When composite bonding is performed, the resin is hardened and set using a blue curing light, reworking the teeth to the desired shape. The process is also completely pain-free and no filing of the tooth is required beforehand.
What Does Composite Bonding do?
For most patients, composite bonding is used to fix personal imperfections such as chipped or cracked teeth, gaps, discolouration or irregular shape. A lot of people get this procedure to correct the shape of their teeth, in which case, edge bonding would usually be carried out.
A full composite makeover can be done to complete a full smile, working on up to 12 teeth. Bonding can create a variety of smiles, ranging from a more natural look to a pearly white, doll-like smile. In cases of receding gums, composite resin helps to cover exposed teeth roots and prevents any sensitivity and further damage. A full composite smile is often used for patients who want to restore decaying teeth or teeth with enamel problems. Tooth alignment can also be corrected using bonding if the misalignment is subtle. In cases such as overcrowding, the patient is often advised to undertake Invisalign treatment beforehand to align their smile ready for composite bonding.
How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?
What to expect…
Bonding requires no downtime, so you will be able to resume all normal activities as soon as you leave the clinic! As bonding doesn’t provoke any risks to your oral health, the procedure is completely safe if you have healthy teeth and gums. Since bonding doesn’t require any removal of the enamel, it can be reversed at any time. You should expect your composite bonding to last between 4 and 8 years, as the material is not as strong as your natural teeth. The durability is less than crown or porcelain veneers, but the procedure is much quicker and easier to replace in the future.
Like any cosmetic procedure, composite and edge bonding have precautions and risks that come along with it. For example, you may experience discolouration when pigmented food and drinks are consumed. Fortunately, there are whitening treatments available to treat this. Dentists recommend using the 'Sensitive' mode on the Ordo Sonic+ Toothbrush alongside a good daily oral care routine, to maintain teeth whiteness without damaging bonding. The sensitive mode is designed to pulsate at a lower rate without harming the teeth or enamel, whilst also catering for sensitivity caused by whitening. This makes the Sonic+ Toothbrush ideal for composite bonding as there is little risk with the brush chipping or damaging bonding, and it helps with keeping the teeth white for as long as possible.
How to Look After Composite Bonding?
Short & Long Term
Wear and tear on your bonding is bound to happen over time. However, accidental damage can be avoided with a good oral care routine. For optimal oral care, there are lots of recommended products on the market. The Ordo Sonic+ Toothbrush has 4 different settings, making it inevitable that you find the perfect mode ideal for your teeth.
Another recommended product that's safe for teeth with bonding, is the Ordo Mouthwash Concentrate, which is alcohol-free, eco-friendly and vegan. This is recommended alongside our brush as it helps to reduce plaque build-up.
All in all, oral hygiene is very important for teeth maintenance, especially for bonding. Investing in good oral hygiene products before and after your procedure will make all the difference.