Composite Bonding Rugby

Cosmetic dental bonding has been used for many years to help people transform their smile. Quite often your dentist can use composite bonding to improve your smile in just one visit, meaning you can walk out of our dental surgery with the perfect smile that you deserve.

Composite bonding uses a material called dental composite, which is a flexible paste-like material made from a mix of acrylic resins and fillers, depending on the type of bonding material used.

Composite bonding is used for a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, including:

  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Repairing broken and chipped teeth
  • Replacing metal or amalgam fillings
  • Reshaping chipped teeth
  • Smile makeovers: composite veneers
  • White fillings

Composite white fillings

Composite white fillings are a popular choice because the composite material can be coloured to match the exact shade of your natural teeth. The filling can be shaped to match the texture and shape of your original tooth, so it can look natural and healthy, giving better results than silver fillings.

Old fashioned amalgam or silver fillings can look unsightly when you smile, so can negatively affect your self-esteem and how you feel about your smile.

Dr Sohota can replace your old metal fillings with tooth-coloured composite fillings, which are considered to be much better for your health than old mercury-containing amalgam fillings.

Composite bonding for an even smile

Not all composite bonding treatments need a local anaesthetic, but Dr Sohota will inform you if she must numb the treatment area with a local anaesthetic before going ahead.

When a tooth is being treated, the tooth surface will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any plaque or tartar build-up. This ensures that the composite material has a clean surface to bond with. Dr Sohota will blend your composite material to perfectly match the shade of your teeth.

Your tooth surface will then be roughened slightly to allow for better adhesion. The composite bonding material is then applied to the tooth surface and then hardened using a curing light.

Once enough layers of composite material have been built up, the tooth is then shaped, polished and buffed to get the desired shape and finish.

What to be aware of about composite bonding

While composite bonding materials are being improved on all the time, it doesn’t quite have the strength of some other dental restorative materials such as porcelain or ceramic. It is also more porous than ceramic or porcelain, so have a greater tendency to stain.

If you want to keep your composite bonded teeth looking bright and white, then try to avoid or reduce eating and drinking highly staining food and drink, and remember to brush your teeth afterwards.

A quick and simple way to get a great smile

Composite bonding is an effective and affordable way to get a beautiful smile, but remember that bonding requires a high level of skill that only a talented aesthetic dentist, such as Dr Sohota, can give.

Do not hesitate to contact our friendly dental team to discuss your cosmetic dentistry needs and see if composite bonding is a suitable treatment for you.