When your smile is generally perfect, but a mild issue bothers you and seems to be the only thing you can see in a photo, then dental bonding may be the perfect solution.
100% reversible, composite bonding can be your best ally if the imperfection is mild and you’re not willing to wear braces.
How it works
Used to cover tooth staining, close small gaps, elongate shorter teeth, modify an awkwardly shaped tooth, and other purposes, bonding is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure producing spectacular results.
The procedure greatly resembles dental fillings. Thin layers of dental composite are applied to the tooth being corrected until the desired shape is built. Once we achieve the desired shape we will polish the composite bonding to achieve the final result. This is how it works:
- Dental assessment
Before we begin we need to make sure your teeth are healthy and bonding will indeed benefit you.
- Needed X-rays
If X-rays are required to confirm suitability we will take those in the clinic.
- Discussion and consideration
Before we proceed, we’ll make sure you understand what to expect and how beneficial (or not) bonding can be in your case.
- Bonding application
- Post-treatment advice
Before & After Composite Bonding
How durable is dental bonding?
Just like dental fillings, bonding has a lifespan of 6 to 10 years, after which it needs to be replaced. Depending on your lifestyle and biological response, this may need to be done sooner.
Teeth whitening – before or after bonding?
Remember that dental bonding is dental composite – the same material used for fillings, and cannot be influenced by whitening. If you’d like to whiten your teeth, therefore, do that before bonding. This will allow us to match the colour of the composite to your desired tooth shade.
How should I care for my bonded teeth?
Dental bonding doesn’t require any specific care, but proper oral hygiene is mandatory. Brushing regularly and attending hygiene sessions twice a year should be sufficient.
I have a large gap, can I close it with bonding?
Dental bonding is only suitable for gaps of up to a millimetre and half. If the gap is larger, the treatment will make teeth appear unnaturally big and the composite itself will lack durability. If you’re looking to close a gap, we urge you to view the orthodontic treatments we offer.
Have a question about dental bonding?
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You can book an appointment online, or by giving us a call on 020 7368 6611.