What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a non-invasive procedure used to improve the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. Other terms include white fillings, cosmetic bonding, artistic bonding, build-ups, edge bonding, composite veneers. These all refer to using composite to change the shape colour and appearance of a tooth.
What is composite resin?
The material used for composite bonding is a type of plastic, including a resin-base, that is easy to manipulate and shape on the teeth.
What’s the difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers?
Composite veneers (composite bonding) is a cosmetic dental procedure where a thin layer of composite resin is applied to improve the appearance and colour of teeth. They last between 6 to 8 years and need replacement in time as they can discolour, chip or break.
On the other hand, porcelain veneers are a thin shell of porcelain (like nail shellac) placed on the surface of the teeth. To place porcelain veneers, 15% of your enamel is sacrificed on average, and they last from 10-15 years.
How long does composite bonding last?
Composite bonding is not as strong as porcelain, so it is easier to break or chip. The average longevity of composite bonding is between 6 to 8 years.
Can you make composite bonding last longer?
The three factors to consider are home care, the method used by the dentist and the quality of the composite resin itself.
Consider avoiding certain type of foods and drinks that can cause staining, like curry, turmeric, tomato sauce, beetroot, red vine, tea, coffee. Another thing to consider, especially if you grind or clench your teeth at night, is to have a retainer made from your dentist to wear while you sleep to protect your teeth and avoid breakages.
How to clean around composite bonding?
To clean around composite bonding you can use a manual or electric toothbrush, floss and interdental brushes, the same as you would for natural teeth. If they are getting matte, you can have them polished by your dentist – this is advised once per year
How do I know if my dentist is good at composite bonding?
Before choosing the dentist for composite bonding or any cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedure, it is advised to look at the dentist’s training, practice website, reviews and, most importantly, before and after pictures. You can see our before and after photos in our Marylebone Smile Clinic smile gallery, as well as reviews on Google.
Witch type of composite bonding is best?
Be warned that the table below is an in-depth guide to the current composite resins available in dentistry, according to our cosmetic dentist, Dr Sahil Patel. It is to be used as a point of reference if you are considering composite bonding or have had it in the past and need to identify which material brand has been used.
|Front Teeth||Notes||Back Teeth||Notes|
|Renamel Microfill/Nanofill||Extremely Aesthetic. Not as strong as newer products||Venus Pearl/ Diamond Heraeus Kulzer||Popular in the UK in NHS and private practice. Moderate aesthetics|
|Gaenial GC||Highly aesthetic, requires experience to be used effectively||Filtek1 3M||Extremely efficient, moderate-low aesthetics|
|HFO/HRi Micerium||A specialist product that requires experience with the system. Excellent results if used correctly||Estelite Sigma Quick Tokuyama||Rarely used in the UK, well researched, aesthetic but suited for long-term use|
|Empress Direct Ivoclar Vivadent||Effective when working on multiple teeth – simple and highly aesthetic||GrandioSo Voco||Popular in Europe, widely adopted. Moderate aesthetics|
|Miris II/ Inspiro Edelweiss||Requires regular polishing to maintain appearance||Point4 Kerr||Poor aesthetics, rarely used|
|Asteria Estelite Tokuyama||Simple and highly aesthetic system – suitable for most situations||Herculite Kerr||Poor aesthetics, used as a training material|
|Complex, well researched. Suited for front and back teeth||Gradia GC||Regularly used in NHS practices|
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