Composite bonding has surged in popularity over recent years as a leading way of achieving a perfect smile. Due to the advancement of materials and techniques available, the strive for minimally invasive, safe dentistry and the beautiful results achieved, it has become increasingly popular for Dentists and patients.
What is Composite Bonding?
Composite has been used for many years as a tooth-coloured filling material. It is now often referred to as the process of improving the shape, size and proportions of teeth by adding composite to improve patient’s smiles.
How does it work?
The planning process has dramatically improved in recent years, in light of digital technology. We can now take a digital scan of our patient’s teeth, alongside clinical photographs and design the perfect smile.
Is Composite Bonding for me?
Composite bonding can be used to treat a wide variety of cases, including spacing, uneven edges or small teeth. It can be used to close gaps, improve length/ proportions and ensure a more even, perfect smile.
The digital design can then be used to make a stent which can be used to make a direct ‘Trial Smile’. This allows me and the patient to actually try the smile in and see how the final result will look. This gives us a good idea of what to expect and make any changes as required. It is an amazing tool to ensure me and my patient are on the same page to achieve their dream smile.
Types of Composite Bonding
We then can use all the above information to plan for the perfect smile. Sometimes this shows all that is needed is some minor composite edge bonding to improve the length or shape of the teeth. This then ranges to full ‘composite veneers’ which cover the full surface of the teeth. A consultation and discussion will allow us to advise the best treatment for you.
If using the digital design, the stent is then used to directly transfer the ‘ideal smile’ to your teeth in composite. We will pick the right colour for you, as often this is done alongside teeth whitening for a brighter smile. The process involves very little tooth removal and so is much less invasive than traditional crown/ veneer preparations. It is all done in one appointment and so you will leave with your dream smile!
If you would like to know more about composite bonding, please arrange a consultation to find the right treatment for you!
Thanks for reading.
Dr Hannah Wilson BDS PGDipConSed MJDF RCS Eng
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