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Composite bonding- what is it?

Updated: Aug 17

Composite bonding is such a hot treatment at the minute and that is set to last. It is less damaging to your teeth when compared to treatments like crowns and veneers, but can still change the shape, colour and contour of teeth and at a fraction of the price. It's no surprise why choosing composite bonding (also known as composite veneers), to transform your smile is so popular.


Celebs and TV shows like 'Love Island' are raising the profile of cosmetic dentistry and especially raising the profile of composite bonding. All contestants appear to have bright white smiles, no doubt enhanced by bonding and/or veneers. But how much do you know about this treatment option? And if you have been thinking about it, is it for you?


Composite is a white filling material that bonds to the teeth to change the aesthetics and create a more desireable outcome. There are different shades available, from natural tooth colours to very white shades. Usually, patients choose to professionally bleach their teeth, so that the composite can be matched to their new bleached shade. Another thing to consider before bonding if your teeth are crowded is straightening your teeth with alligners or fixed braces. Doing this first will allow for a much better outcome, which looks and feels a lot more natural and functional.


Composite bonding does require care and attention though. Having it done requires you to make some adjustments to your lifestyle if you want it to last. You can't eat and drink whatever you want if you want to keep your bonding looking fresh. I'd advise being cautious of foods that contain strong colours, like turmeric. Smoking will also affect your bonding aesthetics and can also affect the health of the gums too. Quitting before treatment is best.


See a hygienist regularly so that they can help you keep on top of your bonding with you and prevent any stain. An electric toothbrush is also much better than a manual one to keep them looking clean and bright. Seeing your hygienist and using an electric brush will also keep the gums around your bonding healthier too. When it comes to electric toothbrushes, my fave is the Oral B io.


I'd advise guided biofilm therapy as the treatment of choice with your hygienist, because the powders used are very fine and are perfect for use on composite.


Bonding can chip and scratch if it is not looked after, so do expect that you have to have it maintained. Ensure you have it checked every 6 months by your dentist and every 3-6 months by your hygienist. You can expect about 3-5 years before the bonding needs to be adjusted or replaced. Just like crowns and veneers, there isn't an eternal life span. Environmental factors and lifestyle choices can affect how long it lasts.


If you have any questions or queries about this treatment, use the comments section below.

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