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7 Things You Need To Know About Composite Bonding In 2024

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Last Reviewed 12 March 2024

Medically reviewed by Dr. Niall Vallely, Bachelor Dent. Sc. (Trinity College Dublin) 2003, Cosmetic Dentist

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Composite bonding or cosmetic bonding is a treatment where your dentist adds a special coloured resin to your teeth to improve their appearance. 

It is absolutely pain free, no anaesthesia is needed and there is no permanent alteration to the natural tooth structure, as no drilling is necessary.

It (composite bonding) is a very good option for fixing chipped, fractured or discoloured teeth, to close small gaps or to improve the general appearance of your smile.  Dr. Niall Vallely

Using modern materials and simple techniques, composite bonding is an affordable and faster alternative to dental crowns or veneers, as it can be done in one single visit to the dentist, which saves you time and money.

1. Composite Bonding For Crooked Teeth

composite bonding - smile 4 - Before - 3Dental
Composite bonding - smile 4 - after - 3Dental

Before and After (Click to enlarge)

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Composite bonding can help to improve the appearance of slightly crooked teeth. By adding some composite resin in strategic places, your dentist can hide or mascarade misaligned teeth, improving the appearance of your smile.

However, please do keep in mind that it is only possible to correct minor position problems with composite bonding

When tooth are more severely misaligned, we would recommend an orthodontic treatment prior to bonding.

2. Composite Bonding For Bottom Teeth

Composite bonding can be used to improve the aesthetic of the bottom teeth as well, but there are some factors that need to be considered before doing it, like the patient’s bite and how the top and bottom teeth meet. 

If the patient has bruxism or suffers from teeth grinding, dental bonding is not a good option because the composite resin is not strong enough to resist to the forces and may fracture.

3. Can Composite Bonding Close Gaps In My Front Teeth?

Composite Bonding - smile 22 - before - 3Dental
Composite Bonding - smile 22 - after - 3Dental

Rickie (Click to enlarge)

Dental Cosmetic Bonding

Yes! Composite bonding is a very good option for closing small gaps between teeth. Either for a single gap or multiple small gaps between all the teeth, you can achieve amazing results with bonding. 

Your dentist places the composite resin on the teeth, closing the gaps between them or making them more discrete if it is not possible to close them completely. 

However, if the gap is too big, the dentist might consider a quick orthodontic treatment before going with the bonding, to avoid extremely big or disproportional teeth.

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4. Composite Bonding On Overlapping Teeth

Overlapping teeth can sometimes make us self-conscious about our smiles. Whether it's a slight overlap or something more pronounced, composite bonding offers a non-invasive solution to enhance your smile's appearance. By carefully applying composite resin to the overlapping teeth, your dentist can significantly improve their alignment and appearance, making the overlap less noticeable.

Composite bonding is particularly effective for minor overlaps, where the resin can be sculpted to create the illusion of straighter teeth. The process is quick, pain-free, and does not require the removal of any tooth structure, preserving the integrity of your natural teeth.

Essentially, this is an excellent option if you're looking for a cosmetic improvement without the commitment to orthodontic treatment. In cases of severe overlap, orthodontic solutions may be recommended to address the underlying issue before considering bonding.

5. Does It Hurt?

Composite bonding is absolutely pain free. No injection is necessary and there is no drilling in the natural teeth. Dr. Niall Vallely

The composite resin will be added to the clean surface of the tooth, and gently polished in the end. 

6. What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages Of Composite Bonding?

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Painless procedure - No injections requiredIt is not as strong as other cosmetic materials - the bonding can break or chip under pressure.
No drilling - The tooth structure is preservedComposite resin can stain under certain habits and pigments, like smoking or frequent coffee/tea drinking. Some types of food and drinks can also cause discoloration of the composite.
Durability - Bonding is expected to last between 5 to 7 years if the patient takes good care of it and has regular visits to the hygienist.It is short, compared to the 15 years that a porcelain veneer is expected to last.
No lab work necessary - Can be done in one single visit to the dentist.
Price - Cheaper than other cosmetic treatments

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7. How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

On average, composite bonding treatment can last between 5 to 7 years, depending on several factors, such as your oral hygiene practices, dietary habits, and whether you avoid activities that could chip or damage the resin, like wearing a mouthguard to protect your bonding if you grind your teeth at night.

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Conclusion

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For patients who have healthy natural teeth and desire a quick solution to improve the appearance or their smile, composite bonding is a fast, painless and affordable option.

It is the least invasive way of getting teeth aesthetically restored. 

It is suitable for almost everyone and cheaper than other cosmetic treatments. You can get immediate results, as it only requires one visit to the dentist. Check out our Smile Gallery and Testimonials pages to see and hear from our previous bonding patients.

So, if you have any minor dental problems that you are not happy with, talk to us about composite bonding. It might be the best solution to make you smile again!

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