The advances in dental practice and dental material technology means composite bonding has become an excellent treatment technique for cosmetic dentists to use in helping people improve their smiles and provide a boost in confidence.
It is the art and science of putting tooth colored composite bonding material over the surfaces of a tooth or damaged teeth in a thin layer to immmediately alter and transform the appearance of natural teeth for a beautiful smile. Over the last 8-10 years it has developed from being a technique for incisal edge teeth bonding where worn/chipped and damaged edges were reshaped and rebuilt to give them back their original natural teeth profiles, or used to close diastema spaces between teeth to avoid the need for braces.
In recent years composite bonding of natural teeth is now very much a blend of treatment styles. Ranging from the original edge composite bonding treatment to restore damage to a chipped tooth recreating the natural shape and youthful appearance. To now deliberately closing and reshaping the spaces between teeth. If someone has suffered from gum disease and the bone and gum has receeded/ or someone has natural space between their teeth, you can now create a more modern flatter media style tooth profile. Full composite veneers when the whole of the front surface of the tooth is covered allows the cosmetic improvement of crooked teeth depending on the starting tooth angle.
Composite veneers can be known as Edelweiss veneers, Componeers, Resin Composite Veneers or Same Day Veneers. In comparison to other types of veneers such as porcelain veneers require more than a single appointment and temporary veneers fitted while the the final ceramic work is manufactured at a dental lab. Though these days with digital CAD-CAM modern laser technology, you can have same day porcelain veneers in only one appointment with alot of pre-planning.
If a natural tooth has signifcant damage then alternative dental procedures such as dental crowns and porcelain dental veneers provide a stronger longer lasting outcome usually with a better final cosmetic finish than tooth bonding.
Dental composite bonding treatment of course has its limitations and needs to be correctly performed and maintained for an excellent long lasting result. Luckily at Azure Dental we have dentists who are able to produce some of the best composite bonding and veneer work in the UK.
One important factor to consider prior to any composite bonding work is the colour of your natural teeth currently and the desired final colour at the completion of treatment. Resin composite bonding material does not whiten like a natural tooth, and so if you wish to have an overall whiter smile it is much better to have a teeth whitening procedure firstly to change the overall colour of your teeth and then have the composite bonding material applied and matched exactly (on the dental shade guide) to the new brighter shade.
The fees for treatment are based on a bespoke plan for each individual person, depending on their desired final outcome. More simple edge composite bonding is far less complex and time consuming in comparison to full composite veneers. Edge composite bonding repairing small chipping of the incisal edges of teeth can start from as little as £175 per tooth, with more complex composite bonding and composite veneers starting from £220 up to £400 per tooth.
Porcelain veneers are generally more expensive than their composite resin counterparts usually around twice as much making composite bonding or composite veneers very cost effective. The porcelain ceramic work is created by a master ceramist in the dental laboratory requiring a lot of time and extensive skills with the associated laboratory fees.
Porcelain veneers require more tooth surface preparation to create the right surfaces for the ceramic and once prepared you will always need to have replacement veneers or crowns in the years to come. In comparison composite resin veneer treatment is a much more minimally invasive treatment option.
Porcelain veneers are not really repairable should you chip or damage them over time, usually requiring the veener to be replaced. Unlike composite bonding which can be repaired, repolished and maintained as needed over time.
Composite bonding white filling material such as Venus pearl or Renamel are special resin pastes that is soft and mouldable while shaping the desired changes onto the teeth. Once correctly positioned the composite bonding agent and resin is hardened/ cured with a special blue ultraviolet light which instantly sets it and completes the bond to the tooth. The composite bonding material can then be finally shaped and diamond polished for a beautiful natural tooth effect in a single visit.
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Composite Bonding – Who Needs It?
Composite bonding has become a commonplace dental procedure that your dentist at Azure Dental Clinic may suggest you undergo if you have any of the following problems:
-Discoloured or spotted teeth – frequently caused due to excessive smoking or a high coffee intake
-Spaces between your teeth
-Diminishing gums or exposed roots
-Cavities or decaying teeth
-Cracked, fractured, or chipped teeth
-Teeth that are mismatched in size (can make teeth appear longer)
-Or, you can undergo composite bonding as an alternative to amalgam or metallic filling.
The Composite Bonding Procedure in Liverpool
Typically, the composite bonding procedure will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. Generally, and for most people, there are no special preparations involved. There’s no requirement for an anesthetic and it’s a pretty straightforward process that can be completed in only one visit to Azure Dental Clinic. The steps outlined below serve to highlight the procedure from start to finish.
Preparation of the tooth
The following is involved in tooth preparation:
-Selection of the shade – the colour of a patient’s teeth is compared to the colour options the dentist has available. For the most part, dentists use a comprehensive shade card so that an accurate colour match can be made.
-Cleaning – to remove any risk of a post-procedure infection occurring and to ensure that the bonding procedure is long-lasting, the dental surface must be cleaned.
-Trimming/drilling – your dentist may need to trim some of your existing teeth or drill through any existing dental decay depending on the actual dental problem.
Once the tooth has been properly cleaned and after it’s been trimmed or drilled, if trimming or drilling is necessary, your dentist will use an acidic solution to ‘etch’ or condition the dental area. Typically, the conditioner used will be a gel-type substance that consists of approximately 30 – 40% phosphoric acid content. This application of the gel is made where the composite bonding will occur. It is washed off after about one minute.
Next, a bonding agent is applied. The agent consists of a liquidised plastic and this substance is applied as a thin layer so that the tooth area is made ready for placement of the composite.
The composite bonding, which resembles putty, is then gently applied over the etched surface so that the area takes on a suitable size and shape.
The restoration process is now completed by your dentist whereby the composite and bonding agent is set. To help with the setting of the composite and bonding agent, a curing light is used for around 30 seconds to one minute.
To finalise the process the following may be included:
Most commonly, composite bonding aftercare involves the evaluation of your bite.
Composite Bonding in Liverpool FAQs
Composite bonding can last between three and seven years. Good dental hygiene helps to ensure longer-lasting results.
Typically, a composite bonding process requires only one visit to Azure Dental Clinic. There are no injections involved, no anesthesia, and no invasive treatments. It is, in fact, a quick and completely pain-free procedure.
The process is widely used to solve issues related to stained, discoloured teeth and fillings. For the most part, your dentist will likely recommend teeth whitening treatment prior to carrying out a composite bonding procedure. If composite bonding is used together with teeth whitening it tends to lead to whiter teeth and there’s less discolouration as a result.
For those that smoke heavily, composite bonding isn’t generally recommended. This is because heavy smoking leads to excessive tooth staining. Over the longer run, composite bonding is susceptible to staining so it’s not well suited to those that smoke a lot.
For teeth that are slightly crooked composite bonding is suitable. However, for teeth that are extensively crooked, the process may not work too well. Rather, orthodontic treatment would likely be recommended by your dentist at Azure rather than composite bonding.
If you suffer from bruxism, composite bonding would not be suitable since it would be unable to withstand the force or the pressure caused by the grinding and clenching.
Yes, this process is suitable for filling single gaps and also to fill multiple gaps between teeth. In this case, your dentist will match the composite resin colour with the colour of your teeth to ensure that the look appears completely natural.
No fancy aftercare products are required. Instead, it’s merely a matter of regularly brushing your teeth and being habitual in the use of dental floss.
Composite bonding has become very popular because the process is:
-Simple – it can be carried out on people that have various underlying health problems and on older-aged people alike.
-Composite bonding is painless.
-It’s very affordable in comparison to many other forms of dental treatment.
-It’s quick and there’s no need for you to visit Azure Dental Clinic numerous times for any pre-or post-treatment requirements. One single visit to your dentist will do.
-It can be used to address a variety of commonplace dental issues.
If you do require a composite bonding procedure, you can be certain that you now know more than enough so that the dialogue with your dentist at Azure is both transparent and constructive.
If you have any concerns or issues with regards to missing teeth, loose teeth or dentures
and are looking at the potential solution of dental implant treatment then please get in touch.
Implants are a very predictable treatment option. They have good long term success rates but require regular care and maintenance to ensure they remain healthy for as long as possible.
Implants are generally placed under local anaesthetic. Once numb treatment is carried out with the very minimum of discomfort.
No, your dentist will show you how to clean any hard to reach areas around the implant. But you’ll mostly clean them as you would your normal teeth.
Dental implants are designed to provide a long term solution to your gap(s). They require less frequent replacement than other solutions such as dentures or bridgework, making them an overall cost-effective solution to replace a missing tooth (teeth).
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