Composite bonding re-shapes teeth by colour-matching a resin onto the tooth surface. It is ideal for treating chipped teeth, gappy or pointy teeth by changing their shape instantly. When used in combination with whitening, it can give your smile ‘wow factor’ very quickly and affordably.
Composite bonding is used as a more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers and can often be completed in a single appointment.
Read our FAQ’s below to find out more about this popular and affordable treatment.
What is the difference between composite bonding and composite veneers?
These two phrases can mean the same thing – it depends how much composite resin needs adding! We usually describe adding composite to the tips of teeth as composite bonding, but when the whole front surface of a tooth needs covering, we call it composite veneers, or resin veneers. See more on our Dental Veneers page.
One attraction of either composite bonding or veneers is that it doesn’t damage or age your teeth. Unlike some traditional cosmetic dentistry, we don’t need to cut down your teeth to reshape them with composite. Often, the most preparation required is a gentle shave of the surface layer of enamel.
I am nervous about dental treatment- is it painful?
Composite bonding can be done without any drilling of the teeth. Our dentists will shape and polish the added composite to achieve the perfect finish, but they won’t need to drill inside the tooth. Because of this, there is no pain and no injections.
Is composite bonding right for you?
Composite bonding won’t solve every problem. Very wide gaps between teeth may not be suitable and huge bits of missing teeth may also require more than composite bonding.
Gum health is another reason it may not be possible to offer composite bonding – bonding can only be done when both the teeth and the gums are healthy. Gum treatment may be used to create a better environment for composite bonding that gives lasting results. Without addressing gum problems first, you may see the composite discolour and break very early on.
Why choose VIDA for your cosmetic dentistry?
As with all dental problems, VIDA always start by understanding the problem thoroughly before recommending your treatment.
With composite bonding in mind, our team will assess whether yours is just a tooth shape/shade problem or whether the cause of the problem lies somewhere else. For example, we have seen patients come to us for composite bonding for uneven teeth, but it is their bite that has caused the teeth to become uneven. Without adjusting the bite first, the composite would have been worn away too quickly and the original problem returned.
This is where the VIDA team will use their expertise to guide you towards sensible investment options. We spend time with our patients to give the right advice, and to guide patients through the world of cosmetic dentistry. This is why our patients keep coming back to us in future – because they trust in the advice we give.
How much does composite bonding cost?
The price depends on how much composite is required and how many teeth are involved in creating a harmonious result.
Prices may start under £200, but often several teeth will need bonding and prices will therefore be bespoke to you.
VIDA uses the composite recommended by the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). We also have bespoke staining and polishing kits that help us create a natural result for each patient. We are confident that our results are worth every penny of your investment.
If you would like to find out if Composite Bonding is right for you, please book a Complimentary Online Consultation with one of the VIDA team so we can see you. Alternatively, join VIDA today with a New Patient Consultation to give your post-lockdown dental health a full assessment – call us on 01329 823 040.