Composite bonding: A new technique?

Well actually no…..Composite bonding has been around for quite a while. Originally it was used to reshape abnormal shaped lateral incisors after orthodontic treatment but is now used for a variety of reasons. So what is it? When can it be used? What are its limitations? How do I know its for me and what other options are available to me?

What is it?

Composite bonding or “bonding” is the process of adding white composite filling material to a tooth. White filling sticks to the tooth surface of the tooth and is in essence bonded to it. White filling like teeth come in many shades so a colour quite similar to the tooth can be chosen.

The process!

The process of bonding is quite straight forward and often no anaesthetic is required. The tooth surface is prepared and then the white filling added and shaped. The aim is to give a more aesthetic natural appearance. Often bonding is completed in conjunction with whitening and in that case the whitening is completed first.

When can it be used?

Bonding can be used in several different clinical scenarios. It is most commonly used to level up uneven edge which are commonly caused by tooth wear. Tooth wear gives teeth an uneven appearance which can be unsightly and bonding is a quick and easy way to solve the solution. Bonding can also we used to close gaps in between teeth which are there naturally or may have occurred over a period of time. By placing white filling on the surface of the teeth bonding can be also used to change the colour of the teeth which may have occurred for a variety of different reasons.

Composite bonding Limitations?

Unfortunately, there are limitations to composite bonding and bonding isn’t for everyone. A full assessment is required firstly to assess the condition of the teeth and indeed the gum health also. Poor gum health will lead to poor stick occurring and an unsatisfactory result. Also, if the teeth are v broken down or indeed if the bite is unsatisfactory a poor result may occur with the bonding lasting a very short time.

How do I know if it’s for me?

A full consultation is required to assess a patient’s suitability and to give a full range of options. Sometimes a superior result can be gained using another technique possibly a crown or veneer. At any of our consultations all treatment options are discussed.

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