Composite bonding is the treatment whereby composite resin is literally ‘’bonded’’ to your tooth enamel. As opposed to veneers, which are created in a dental lab and then fitted at a later date, composite bonding can be performed on the spot, with no waiting time involved.
Lasting between 5 – 7 years, composite bonding is a worthwhile investment for teeth that need a bit of TLC in the cosmetic department.
Read more about why composite bonding is so popular, particularly in the post-lockdown era, and how it compares to veneers.
Composite bonding’s rise to popularity
The past few years have given rise to a desire for more minimally-invasive treatments, not just in the dental sector, but across the facial aesthetics market too.
Dentists have been meeting this demand by developing the technology and materials used to perform cosmetic dental treatment. Not only has this improved the overall outcome, but treatment progressions are also more streamlined and the overall experience for the patient is a more pleasant one.
Composite bonding can be performed in 1 hour and there’s no need for follow-up appointments. This makes it suitable for our busy patients who come to our dentist in Norwich; they’re able to leave the practice after one appointment, with their tooth newly restored.
Who is suitable for composite bonding?
Most people will be suitable for composite bonding. If you have decay-free teeth and you’re not suffering from gum disease, there’s no reason why you can’t go ahead with treatment.
Composite bonding is most beneficial for patients who only need minor adjustments to individual teeth. If you’re looking to file down a tooth with worn edges, or small cracks that aren’t compromising the structure of a tooth, composite bonding is an excellent solution. Similarly, if you have some minor to moderate staining affecting individual teeth, this can also be reversed with composite bonding. If you’re someone who knows they will continue to eat and drink teeth-staining food and drink, be aware that the results of your treatment may not last very long, as composite is more susceptible to staining than porcelain (which is used to make veneers).
If you’re a nervous patient, composite bonding might be the ideal treatment for you, as drilling is not necessary to perform the treatment. In some instances, you may not even need an anaesthetic, so it really is the definition of minimally invasive.
If you do feel like your nerves are deterring you from seeking treatment, we can offer dental sedation and acupuncture to help you relax.
What type of gaps can be closed with composite bonding?
Gaps that are localised to 1 or 2 teeth with a small space (of around 0.5mm) can be closed with composite bonding. Closing larger gaps than this with composite bonding could affect the proportions of your smile, so it is reserved for smaller gaps.
If you have evidence of larger gaps in your smile, we may suggest orthodontic treatment with Six Month Smiles braces to close these gaps. In instances where there is a gap due to a missing tooth, we can offer the premium in tooth replacement treatments such as dental implants in Norwich.
Whatever the reason for the gap in your smile, our dentists in Norwich will be able to help you.
What are the other advantages of composite bonding?
We’re so glad you asked, as there are a number of advantages to composite bonding treatment, particularly in comparison with veneers.
Whilst veneers require a fairly significant amount of tooth structure to be removed, composite bonding rarely does. As veneers are placed over the front surface of a tooth, the tooth being treated needs to be filed down, so that the veneer isn’t too thick once it’s placed. This isn’t an issue in the case of composite bonding. As the composite resin is moulded directly onto your tooth, there’s no need to remove natural tooth structure.
Meanwhile, veneers require at least 2 appointments, they are more costly, and you will need to have an anaesthetic. Yes, veneers are more durable and yes, they are superior in the result they produce, but with a great dentist at the helm, a tooth that’s been treated with composite bonding can look indistinguishable from a tooth that’s 100% natural.
Finding a reputable dentist for composite bonding is key
Composite bonding requires real skill and diligence. The nature of the way it’s performed means a delicate touch is needed to layer the composite resin carefully and in a way that looks authentic.
When composite bonding is performed, the composite resin is incrementally layered. When applied with finesse, the result is extremely close to the aesthetic of real tooth enamel. Only right up close might you notice the bonded part of the tooth isn’t the exact same shade as your real tooth structure.
If you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry in Norwich, you can rely on Corner House Dental to perform composite bonding to the highest standards.
Composite bonding post-lockdown
The Zoom effect has certainly increased the popularity of composite bonding here at our dentist in Norwich, and this has been echoed around the U.K
With Zoom calls forcing people to scrutinize their faces and smiles, the type of imperfections that can be treated with composite bonding were slowly being picked up on by users. The result? A sizable shift in the number of people seeking treatment.
Principal dentist Dr Andre Potgieter holds a Certificate in Advanced Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, whilst Dr Francois Smit is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Our dentists are committed to striving for the most natural-looking for durable outcome achievable, and all treatment is completely bespoke.
Contact a private dentist in Norwich
If you’re looking for cosmetic dental treatment in Norwich, contact our friendly reception team, who can book you in at a time that suits you.
If you aren’t able to make it to us during the week, we can offer Saturday appointments, by appointment only.