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Composite Bonding in London – Does the brand matter?

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 […]

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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 TeethNotesBack TeethNotes
Renamel Microfill/NanofillExtremely Aesthetic. Not as strong as newer productsVenus Pearl/ Diamond Heraeus KulzerPopular in the UK in NHS and private practice. Moderate aesthetics
Gaenial GCHighly aesthetic, requires experience to be used effectivelyFiltek1 3MExtremely efficient, moderate-low aesthetics
HFO/HRi MiceriumA specialist product that requires experience with the system. Excellent results if used correctlyEstelite Sigma Quick TokuyamaRarely used in the UK, well researched, aesthetic but suited for long-term use
Empress Direct Ivoclar VivadentEffective when working on multiple teeth – simple and highly aestheticGrandioSo VocoPopular in Europe, widely adopted. Moderate aesthetics
Miris II/ Inspiro EdelweissRequires regular polishing to maintain appearancePoint4 KerrPoor aesthetics, rarely used
Asteria Estelite TokuyamaSimple and highly aesthetic system – suitable for most situationsHerculite KerrPoor aesthetics, used as a training material
Filtek Supreme
Complex, well researched. Suited for front and back teethGradia GCRegularly used in NHS practices

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