Cosmetic Bonding

Composite bonding is a form of cosmetic dentistry most commonly used to fix small cosmetic concerns with teeth, such as chips, cracks and slight crookedness. Unlike veneers, bonding doesn’t require tooth preparation through drilling or enamel removal, which makes it a preferred option for smaller problems and younger patients.It works by moulding and shaping the composite resin, a tooth-coloured mixture of glass and plastic, over the affected tooth. A far less invasive procedure than fitting veneers, composite bonding has been growing in popularity over the last few years as materials and techniques improve - it can often be as effective as, if not better than, porcelain for imitating tooth enamel. Cosmetic bonding can be less durable than traditional porcelain veneers, and can stain a little more easily over time from red wine, tea and coffee, but many patients find it a cost-effective, time-efficient and high-impact fix for their smile.
Treatment is relatively quick and can be carried out in one appointment. The dentist will colour match the resin to your teeth, and shape it as required before hardening it with an ultraviolet light. After final shaping and polishing, the composite resin will blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, so you can leave with your new smile on the same day.

Some patients report sensitivity in the first few days following treatment which can be managed by avoiding extremely hot or cold drinks, and with pain medication.
Composite resins can retain plaque more easily, which can lead to greater inflammation of the gums – regular and thorough dental hygiene is important.

Typically no, there is no pain associated with the treatment of composite bonding. It doesn’t usually require anaesthetic.

Cosmetic bonding isn’t as strong as porcelain or natural enamel, but with care, you should be able to help your composite resin last between 5 and 10 years. It does depend on the area that was bonded, its position in your mouth and your personal habits. It isn’t suitable for people who grind their teeth, and you should avoid habits like opening packing with your teeth and chewing objects. Avoiding staining substances, including tea, coffee and tobacco products, will also help your resin last longer.

Yew Tree Dental Care are based in Slough and have years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. We work with you to understand the results you want to achieve, and discuss your options thoroughly with you to ensure you leave us with the smile you want.