Blackwater Dental Surgery

Blackwater Dental Surgery & Implant Centre
20 Bell Lane, Blackwater, Camberley, GU17 0NW

Blackwater, Camberley

Composite Bonding

Get the smile you’ve always wanted with composite bonding. It’s a simple, budget-friendly fix for chips, gaps, or stains on your teeth. We tailor the treatment just for you, making sure it looks and feels right.

Your dream smile? It’s just one appointment away.

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a straightforward dental technique where a tooth-coloured resin, kind of like a durable plastic, is applied and shaped on your teeth to fix any imperfections.

It’s like a quick touch-up for your smile, fixing things like small gaps, chips, or stains. The dentist shapes the resin to look natural, then hardens it with a light, and polishes it up to blend in perfectly. It’s a popular choice because it’s less invasive, doesn’t take a lot of time, and doesn’t cost a fortune.

What are the benefits of composite bonding?

Versatile → Composite bonding is great for sorting out minor problems like chips, cracks, stains, or even small gaps between your teeth.

Minimally invasive → Unlike getting veneers or crowns, bonding doesn’t affect much of your original teeth. There’s no need for drastic changes; just a slight prep. It’s all about keeping your teeth as close to their natural state as possible.

Quick → Who doesn’t love a quick fix? Most of the time, you can get composite bonding done in just one visit. You can walk in, and a few hours later, you will have a fresh, improved smile!

Cost-effective → Dental work can get pricey, but that’s where bonding can help. It’s often more affordable than other cosmetic dental options, making it a smart pick for anyone looking to enhance their smile without spending too much.

What is the composite bonding journey?

1. Initial consultation

We start with a good chat about how you want your smile to look and a quick check-up to see if composite bonding is right for you.

2. Prepping your teeth

We only need to do a little bit to get your teeth ready. This might mean roughening up the tooth’s surface just a tad so the bonding material sticks better.

3. Layering on

Next, we layer on a tooth-coloured resin that matches your teeth perfectly. This way, everything looks nice and natural.

4. Bonding

With everything shaped just right, we use a special light to make the resin hard and strong.

5. Polish & shine

The last step is all about polishing up the resin so it’s shiny and smooth, just like your other teeth.

Aftercare

To ensure your newly bonded smile stays bright and beautiful, remember a few key tips: brush gently twice a day, floss regularly, and try to avoid biting into hard foods or using your teeth as tools. Keep an eye on staining drinks like coffee and wine, and consider using a straw to minimise contact. Regular dental checkups are crucial for maintaining the integrity of the bonding, and if you’re a nighttime teeth grinder or enjoy contact sports, investing in a protective mouthguard is a smart move. With these simple steps, you can enjoy your enhanced smile for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions - Composite Bonding

The cost can vary widely depending on the complexity of the treatment and the number of teeth being treated, but generally, composite bonding prices range from £100 to £400 per tooth.

The NHS typically does not cover composite bonding for cosmetic reasons. It might be available for specific clinical needs, but this is less common. Most composite bonding treatments are carried out privately.

Yes, for many people, composite bonding is worth it. It’s a less invasive way to improve the appearance of your smile, correcting issues like chips, gaps, and discolouration quickly and relatively affordably.

With proper care, composite bonding can last from 5 to 7 years, sometimes longer, before needing to be replaced or repaired.

Yes, composite bonding is a reversible process. Since it involves minimal tooth preparation, your natural teeth remain largely intact underneath.

The material used in composite bonding can stain over time and is not as strong as natural teeth, so it might chip or break and will likely need to be replaced eventually. It’s also not as long-lasting as other treatments like veneers.

If oral hygiene is neglected, it’s possible for decay to develop at the margins of the composite material or underneath it. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene can help prevent this.

Very minimal preparation is needed for composite bonding. This includes lightly etching the surface of the tooth to help the material adhere better, but it’s not “shaving” in the sense of significantly reducing the tooth’s size, as is necessary for some other procedures like veneers.

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