Cosmetic Bonding


There might be a variety of reasons motivating a patient to seek treatment to transform their smile – from suffering from crooked teeth to having chips and gaps that are in need of fixing to unsightly fillings.

One procedure available for people seeking to swiftly improve their smile is cosmetic bonding. This treatment has been used for many years and involves the use of dental composite to be applied to teeth and the surrounding areas – resulting in quick-fire repairs of chipped teeth, filling gaps and replacing metal fillings.

So How Does Cosmetic Bonding Work?

Let’s look at the procedure, step-by-step:

1) First, a local anaesthetic is used to insensitive the area which requires treatment. This is followed by a good clean-up of the area to get rid of any debris. The dentist will have already selected the accurate shade of dental composite to be applied.

2) The surface of the tooth is then prepared to create a smooth surface ready for the composite to be applied.

3) Next, the composite is put onto the prepared tooth surface before being exposed to light to help the composite to solidify and position. To ensure optimum performance several thin layers of the bonding agent are normally applied.

4) Finally, the dentist will undertake polishing of the composite to leave the patient with a smooth finish. The process is then complete!


Tell Me What The Advantages Of This Treatment Are

One of the strengths of dental composite bonding is that it offers the patient a relatively quick and simple procedure. The composite material is ideal for creating or replacing fillings because the shade and shape of it can almost perfectly blend in with the rest of the teeth. So, as well as being a speedy procedure, which can be completed in one visit, there are also aesthetic benefits.

How About The Disadvantages?

It’s worth bearing in mind that where cosmetic bonding has taken place sometimes there’s a larger inclination to stain than when other restorative materials, such as ceramic and porcelain, are used. In addition, bonding doesn’t have the strength of ceramic or porcelain either.

If you’re considering this type of treatment then you should also check the credentials of the dentist carrying it out. Bonding is a highly-skilled procedure that requires a good deal of artistry from the dentist to get it right and provide the patient with an aesthetically-pleasing smile. However, some dentists have undertaken advanced training in the art of bonding. Make sure to check everything beforehand!

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