We've put together the ultimate guide to Composite Bonding in London and what you can expect from our experts and how we utilise the latest techniques.
Composite bonding uses white filling material to bond to the surface of the tooth to improve the shape, position or colour. It’s become popular in recent years because it’s a minimally invasive method to treat tooth wear or enhance your smile. Here are your questions answered.
What is the composite bonding procedure?
The dentist will take photographs and impressions of your teeth to help plan the case. A digital smile design is completed so this can be shown to so you can visualise you’re your teeth will look like afterwards. The dentist sends the information to the lab whereby a wax-up is completed.
Next, a mock-up is completed at the dental practice whereby the dentist copies the new shape of your teeth with temporary material onto your teeth with just an impression so you can see your new smile and check that it feels good when biting and speaking.
Next the dentist will clean the teeth, similarly to having a scale and polish and layer on the filling material.
Afterwards, the bite will be checked and the teeth polished so everything blends in and they feel very smooth and polished just like your natural teeth.
The dentist will review everything 2 weeks later to check how it looks and feels and if any further polishing is required.
Am I suitable for composite bonding?
Do I need Invisalign before my composite bonding?
If the teeth are crooked or malaligned, Invisalign orthodontic treatment can move the teeth into a better position before the composite bonding is completed. This will ultimately give better result. Not everyone needs Invisalign treatment and improvement can be made with composite bonding alone.
A full dental assessment to assess your cosmetic needs is important prior to composite bonding to ensure that you get the results that you desire.
Do I need tooth whitening before my composite bonding?
Before the composite bonding is completed, the dentist will match the shade of the composite filling material to your teeth so it blends in naturally.
If you would like your teeth brighter and whiter, tooth whitening is needed beforehand to lighten the colour of your teeth. The dentist will then select a shade of composite that matches the new whiter tooth colour so it blends in.
What do I need to do after composite bonding treatment?
Often anaesthetic is not required for the treatment, but if it is, you should avoid eating or drinking hot drinks to avoid damaging the lips or cheeks until the anaesthetic has worn off as you won’t be able to feel the area. The composite material is fully set before you leave the leave the clinic so you can eat, drink as normal.
Your jaw may be tired after having the treatment completed if there are multiple teeth to treat so having a restful day afterwards can be beneficial. You should brush and floss your teeth as normal to keep the teeth clean and healthy and reduce the build-up of stains.