We get many patients coming along to the practice for cosmetic bonding to transform their smiles.
It’s a fantastic, no harm and economical option to give you a confident smile!
So here is a quick guide to cosmetic bonding.
What is cosmetic bonding?
Composite bonding is a procedure that can transform your smile in a single visit.
A tooth coloured material is “bonded” (a fancy word for stuck to) your teeth to alter the size and shapes.
It can also be used to change the colour of a tooth if it covers the whole surface i.e. a composite veneer.
Many patients choose to whiten their teeth prior to the cosmetic bonding, which is then blended to the new whiter smile!
What is involved in composite bonding?
Usually no cutting of the teeth is involved, therefore most of the time you would not need to be numbed up either.
The tooth surface where the bonding is going to be placed, needs to be thoroughly cleaned, as composite needs a clean surface to bond to. Here at 360 Dental Care we use a special jet wash machine for teeth!
The surface of the tooth is then roughened up with a special gel, which provides a better surface for the composite to stick to, the area then needs to be kept dry.
A “bonding” agent (fancy glue) is then applied to the tooth surface and set using special light.
The composite material is applied to the tooth in several thin layers until the desired shape, translucency and texture is achieved. The final step involves polishing and buffing the composite to give the desired shape and smooth finish.
Can any dentist carry out bonding?
Yes they can , but it is a very skilled technique requiring artistic flare as well as scientific knowledge!
Not all materials are the same either! Basic composites will give a ……….basic result. With a great material and skill, the composite bonding can blend perfectly with your teeth.
So make sure you do your research and look at your dentist’s portfolios of before and afters.