What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding on teeth (also known as edge bonding) is a composite resin moulded and shaped to your tooth mimicking the natural shape and restoring the tooth's appearance. The colour of the resin is matched to your teeth so it appears as a natural part of the tooth, although a course of whitening on your natural teeth is usually offered several weeks beforehand to ensure the patient obtains the desired shade of white. When composite bonding is performed, the resin is hardened and set using a blue curing light as soon as it is applied to the tooth and reworked to the desired shape. This process is labelled as a cosmetic procedure as you are initially enhancing the shape, volume and shade of your teeth to your preference. The process is also completely pain-free and no filing of the tooth is required beforehand.
What Does Composite Bonding do?
For most patients, composite bonding is used to fix personal imperfections such as chipped or cracked teeth, gaps, discoloration or to change teeth shape. A lot of people get this procedure to correct tooth shape for example to create a more square smile or elongate smaller-sized teeth. Covering cracked or chipped teeth are also common reasons for bonding. However, in this case, edge bonding would usually be carried out as the whole tooth does not need to be covered and the chip can be concealed with just a small amount of bonding on the edges. A full composite makeover can be done to complete a full smile on up to 12 teeth, completely changing the colour to the shade of choice, Bonding can create a variety of smiles ranging from a more natural look to a pearly white, doll-like smile. In cases of receding gums, composite resin helps to cover exposed teeth roots and prevents sensitivity and further damage. A full composite smile is often used for patients who want to restore decaying teeth or teeth with enamel problems. Tooth alignment can also be corrected using bonding if the misalignment is subtle. In cases such as overcrowding, the patient is often advised to undertake Invisalign treatment beforehand to align their smile ready for composite bonding.
How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?
What to expect…
Teeth bonding has no recovery time. Bonding requires no downtime, and you will be able to resume all normal activities as soon as you leave the clinic! As bonding doesn’t provoke any risks to your oral health the procedure is completely safe if you have healthy teeth and gums. Since bonding doesn’t require any removal of the enamel, it can be reversed at any time. You should expect your composite bonding to last between 4 and 8 years, as the material is not as strong as your natural teeth. The durability is less than crown or porcelain veneers, but the procedure is much quicker and easier to replace in the future. Like any cosmetic procedure, composite and edge bonding has precautions and risks that come along with it For example, you may experience discoloration when pigmented foods and drinks are consumed, such as coffee, tea, red, wine, or tobacco. Fortunately, there are whitening treatments available to treat this. Another risk is potentially chipping your teeth, especially if you bite your nails or chew pens. Chipped teeth can also occur over time or if you clench your teeth. Dentists recommend using the “Sensitive” mode on the Ordo Sonic+ Toothbrush to maintain teeth whiteness without damaging bonding, as well as following an oral care routine. The sensitive mode is designed to pulsate at a lower rate without harming the teeth or enamel, whilst also catering for sensitivity caused by whitening. This makes the Sonic+ Toothbrush ideal for composite bonding as there is very little risk with the brush chipping or damaging bonding, and helps with keeping the teeth as white for as long as possible.
How to Look After Composite Bonding?
Short & Long Term
Wear and tear on your bonding is bound to happen over time. Typically, this takes years although, as stated above chips, and accidental damage can occur but can be avoided through proper oral care. For optimal oral care, there are lots of recommended products on the market. As mentioned, the Ordo Sonic+ Toothbrush has 4 different settings, making it inevitable that you find a mode ideal for your teeth. Applying lots of pressure while brushing can affect your enamel as well as any bonding. When using the Sonic+ Toothbrush, apply very gentle pressure and let the brush do the work for you. This way, your bonding is protected whilst cleaning your teeth.Another recommended product safe to use for teeth with bonding is the Ordo Mouthwash Concentrate which is alcohol-free, eco-friendly and vegan. This is recommended alongside the brush as it is alcohol-free and helps to reduce plaque build-up. All in all, oral hygiene is very important for teeth maintenance, especially for bonding.Investing in good oral hygiene products before and after your procedure is a step closer to the perfect dental care everybody should follow.