Dental composite bonding is the application of an aesthetic tooth coloured resin to partially or fully cover the tooth surface. It can be used to repair chipped or worn edges of teeth, changes the shape of teeth, or to completely resurface a tooth.
Addition of composite material to the edges of teeth is also known as ‘edge bonding.’
Full coverage of the tooth with composite is also known as ‘composite veneers.’
Dental Composite Bonding process explained
In most cases there is no drilling of the tooth surface prior to composite bonding. However, if there is an old filling that requires replacement or decay then this will require removal. A gel is applied to the tooth and washed off. This gel prepares the tooth surface for the bonding. Bond (a dental adhesive) is applied to the tooth and set with a blue light. The composite resin is then applied to the tooth and sculpted appropriately. The composite is set with the blue light and then snapped further and polished.
You may be aware of your teeth for sometime after the procedure. This feeling will settle as your mouth adapts. The teeth may appear thicker if veneered or longer if edge bonded. We advise you to take extra care when eating during this time, until you are used to your new smile. You can brush and floss as normal after the procedure.
With most composite veneer treatment we will recommend a nightguard to protect your new smile from destructive nocturnal clenching and grinding forces. This is important to prevent chipping and fracture of the composite.
There are steps to take after you have had composite bonding as it can discolour and wear overtime. Similar to natural teeth composite can pick up stains from food products like tea and coffee. Composite typically lasts around 5-10 years, there are things you can do to help prolong the life and appearance of the bonding.
Airflow polishing technology is a great way to maintain your composite bonding will ensure it looks better for longer. Airflow is a polishing system designed to gently and effectively clean around composite bonding to remove stains and keep the gums healthy. Your hygienist will also show you cleaning techniques so you can keep your bonding plaque free at home.
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Teeth Whitening and Composite Bonding
We offer many forms of teeth whitening including Enlighten whitening and Zoom in surgery whitening.
Zoom whitening takes approximately 90 minutes, we isolate your gums and lips and a gel is applied to your teeth to instantly lift the colour. This procedure is suitable for people with nonsensitive teeth who want a quick lift in the shortest time possible.
Patients often request this form of whitening prior to a wedding or important event to lift their smile. We advise a take-home kit to boost or maintain whitening results after this procedure.
How long does composite bonding last?
What is the difference between porcelain and composite veneers?
Porcelain veneers involve some preparation to the tooth surface prior to placement. Porcelain veneers are made by a lab technician and then bonded to the tooth surface. Costs of treatment are much higher and aesthetics long term are greater. They are more stain resistant and longevity can be approximately 10 years. There are risks of fracture and debonding, however these are less common than composite veneers.
The procedure is performed in surgery, by a dental professional, over a single long appointment.
In approximately 90 minutes, we isolate your gums and lips and a gel is applied to your teeth to instantly lift the colour. This procedure is suitable for people with non senstive teeth who want a quick lift in the shortest time possible.
Patients often request this form of whitening prior to a wedding or important event to lift their smile. We advise a take home kit to boost or maintain whitening results after this procedure.
Invisalign is a system of almost invisible clear aligners used to straighten teeth. The treatment consists of wearing a series of Invisalign aligners that you change at home weekly.
The aligners are one of the world’s most advanced clear orthodontic systems available.
We only used the best material and implant systems at Hale Dental and Implant clinic. Nobel Biocare is a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations.
They have over 65 years of continuous innovation, all stemming from Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s ground-breaking discovery of osseointegration in 1952. Since then, they have committed to science-backed and forward-looking solutions.
Enlighten is widely acknowledged as the most effective whitening system in the world. It’s the only one that guarantees a Vita shade B1 result for every patient. We are proud users of Enlighten.