Composite bonding can be a real game changer for your smile – but what exactly is it, how long does it last and is it a good option for you?

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Let’s take a look at the advantages and drawbacks of dental bonding including lifespan, costs, bonding procedure and maintenance requirements.

Dr Joe Oliver is a renowned cosmetic dentist with over 30 years of experience in aesthetic dentistry. Having placed more than 40,000 veneers, he’s regarded as an expert in cosmetic bonding for natural teeth.

Should you decide to go ahead with composite bonding, you can take advantage of our free online consultations and find out everything you need to know ahead of the procedure.

Call us on 020 4579 1355, text 07552 914 976 or email to get in touch with our clinics in Manchester and London.

What Is Tooth Bonding?

Tooth bonding is a dental procedure that involves the application of a tooth-coloured filling material to repair or improve the appearance of a tooth. It’s a versatile and cost-effective solution for various dental issues.

During the tooth bonding process, the dentist prepares the tooth by roughening its surface and applying a conditioning liquid. The composite resin material is then applied to the tooth and shaped to achieve the desired result. A special light is used to harden the bonding material to the tooth.

Dental bonding can be used to repair damage on the tooth surface. So it can help if you have a cracked or chipped tooth. Teeth bonding is also used to close gaps between teeth, reshape misaligned teeth and even cover up stains or discolouration.

It provides natural-looking results that blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, and so many patients are requesting composite bonding as a cosmetic procedure to achieve results similar to teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

Composite bonding can last up to 8 years with appropriate care. You can expect composite veneers to last at least 4 years with good oral care and hygiene.

Patients with dental bonding should try to avoid foods that are known to stain teeth and should attend regular dental checkups to prolong the lifespan of composite fillings and veneers.

How To Ensure Dental Bonding Lasts

These are the tips we’d recommend you follow if you decide to try dental composite bonding.

Regular brushing

Care for your bonded teeth just as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day using a non-abrasive toothpaste to remove food debris which could cause staining and tooth decay.

Floss regularly

Flossing helps to dislodge trapped debris which could threaten the longevity of dental bonding. Not only does it keep your teeth clean, but it’ll improve your oral hygiene too.

Attend dental checkups

Making time for regular dental checkups will not only help make composite bonding last, but it’ll also give you peace of mind that your teeth are healthy.

Avoid hard foods

A treat now and then is OK, but you’ll want to avoid very hard foods like boiled sweets and sticky foods which can cause a composite filling to become dislodged or cracked.

Similarly, strong-coloured foods can stain your teeth, so always rinse your mouth afterwards if you cannot avoid these altogether.

What Are The Advantages Of Composite Bonding?

One of the major advantages of tooth bonding is that it typically requires minimal removal of natural tooth enamel compared to other procedures like veneers or crowns. This makes it a conservative option that preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

It’s also an effective and affordable way to enhance your smile and address various cosmetic dental concerns. Some patients choose teeth bonding over porcelain veneers as composite resin can help to whiten and improve the overall look of natural teeth.

Are There Any Downsides To Composite Bonding?

It’s important to note that the composite material used in cosmetic bonding is not as resilient as your natural teeth. Over time, it will be prone to wear and tear and may even chip or crack.

Bonded teeth can also become stained if you expose them to too many harsh foods or substances. It’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene practices and follow proper care instructions provided by your dentist to ensure durability.

Can Dental Veneers Be Used For Restoring Damaged Teeth?

Dental veneers can be a great solution for restoring damaged or stained teeth. The versatility of dental bonding means it can completely transform a tooth, regardless of whether it is cracked, chipped or stained.

The bonding materials can be applied anywhere, including the front teeth, so it’s an effective way to improve the look of your smile in just one appointment.

Is Composite Bonding A Good Option For My Teeth?

One of the best things about composite bonding is that it’s suitable for almost everyone. Tooth bonding is one of the safest cosmetic dental procedures and it requires minimal preparation for your existing teeth.

We offer free no-obligation consultations, so if you’d like to enquire about composite bonding just get in touch. You can call us on 020 4579 1355, text 07552 914 976 or email for more information about our clinics in Manchester and London.