What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that is gaining popularity among people who want to improve the appearance of their teeth. It involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin material to the surface of the tooth to correct imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, and discolouration. Using the same material as the more familiar white fillings, composite bonding is instead used to improve the appearance of the shape and proportions of your teeth.
Ultimately, composite bonding is an excellent option for achieving a natural-looking smile.
The bonding process is straight-forward and non-invasive. Your dentist will apply a bonding agent to your tooth, followed by the composite resin material. The material is then shaped and smoothed to achieve the desired shape and contour. The composite resin is cured using a special light, which hardens the material and bonds it to your tooth.
Composite bonding is a durable treatment that can last for several years with proper care. The material is strong and resistant to wear and tear, making it an excellent option for restoring the functionality of damaged teeth. You can enjoy your beautiful, natural-looking smile without worrying about the material chipping, cracking, or staining easily.
Composite bonding is a conservative treatment that preserves the natural structure of your teeth. Unlike other cosmetic treatments such as veneers, which require the removal of a significant amount of tooth enamel, composite bonding requires minimal to no tooth preparation. This means that your natural teeth remain intact, and you can maintain excellent oral health.
Easy to Maintain
Maintaining your natural-looking smile after composite bonding is easy. You can care for your bonded teeth the same way you care for your natural teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, having regular dental check-ups and Hygiene cleanings. Cleanings can gently polish away any surface stains and also reinvigorates the shine. You should also avoid biting hard objects, such as ice or hard candy, to prevent damage to the composite resin material.
In conclusion, composite bonding is an excellent option for achieving a natural-looking smile. The treatment is highly customisable, durable, conservative, and easy to maintain, making it an ideal choice for anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their teeth. If you're interested in composite bonding, speak to your dentist to learn more about the treatment and whether it's right for you.
How do we achieve a natural looking smile?
Natural results with composite bonding
A big key player in cosmetic dentistry, the tooth-coloured composite material solves many issues, such as closing gaps between the teeth, repairing minor damage (chipped edges and ridges), evening out shapes and lengths and improving symmetry, as well as evening out tooth colour and improving overall whiteness.
(We usually recommend a course of Teeth Whitening before the treatment so we can use the thinnest layer of composite as possible).
At TCC Dental, we share the same goal as our clients, which is to create a look which integrates seamlessly with the existing teeth. We take great care in carefully selecting the shade of composite resin that matches the natural colour of your teeth, and skilfully sculpting the composite material so that the results are as natural-looking as possible.
The TCC Method
The bonding material is applied artistically, then layered and sculpted before being polished. To make sure our results are as natural as possible, we stick to an 8 part process that ensures an authentic smile:
1. First the tooth is cleaned and prepared: The tooth surface is thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris or plaque. Then, it is prepared with a cleaning powder and a conditioning liquid. This process helps create a suitable surface for the bonding material to adhere to.
2. Bonding glue is then added to the tooth: A bonding agent is applied to the prepared tooth. This adhesive layer helps create a strong bond between the composite and the tooth structure.
3. Next we apply the translucent composite to the back of each tooth: This layer helps mimic the natural translucency of the tooth and ensures a lifelike appearance when light passes through it.
4. Then we apply a more opaque layer to help achieve a more natural look: Following the translucent layer, a slightly more opaque composite is added. This layer assists in achieving the desired colour and opacity, particularly if the tooth requires additional coverage or has discolouration.
5. The material is carefully sculpted, adding ridges and details: The dentist skilfully sculpts the composite material to replicate the natural contours and shapes of the tooth. Then create subtle ridges and V-shaped grooves at the bottom of the tooth, resembling the characteristics of the mamelons found in natural teeth.
6. To further recreate a natural tooth, white and grey tints are incorporated at the base to mimic the patients other teeth: These tints help mimic the subtle colour variations and nuances present in the patient's adjacent teeth.
7. A more translucent enamel layer of composite is then added. This is the final composite material and it is applied all over the tooth to create a smooth and consistent texture: The final layer replicates the enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth, and helps create a smooth and consistent texture.
8. Finally, the tooth is polished using 7 grades of polishing tips: We make sure that by using varying tools we can achieve a super-high shine as well as the desired smooth surface texture.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to creating seamless matches to the colour and translucency of the bonding material to your natural teeth. If composite bonding sounds like something you would be interested in, we encourage you to come in for a mock-up so you can see how the results could look before deciding to go ahead.
Get in touch
If you have any questions on Composite Bonding, you can book in for a complimentary FaceTime Consultation with our treatment coordinator. Please drop us a message on our Contact us page to book.
Composite Veneers we've created - with no change to the shape of his natural teeth - to fill gaps, increase symmetry and brighten his smile, in just one 2 hour appointment.