Several people feel self-conscious about their smile. If you are one of those who feel self-conscious about their smile, there is nothing to worry about. You can have it fixed in different ways. One of such ways to rectify the situation and restore your smile is through composite teeth bonding. You can start by contacting a cosmetic dentist at Smile Works Dental or anywhere around you to discuss teeth bonding. When you contact our team, we will discuss the pros and cons of composite bonding, and this will help you make the best decision about your dental and oral health.
Composite teeth bonding is not like some other cosmetic procedures because it is not very invasive. Instead, it is minimally invasive, and it only requires one visit to the clinic to complete. Read on to find out more about teeth bonding and whether or not it is the right procedure for you.
Am I a suitable candidate for teeth bonding?
Although teeth bonding is a minimally invasive procedure, it is not suitable for everyone. However, you can be a suitable candidate for teeth bonding if you only wish to repair minor or minimum damage to your front teeth. The front teeth are referred to as the teeth in the smile zone because they are obvious when you smile.
If you wish to whiten your teeth as well, you should inform your dentist beforehand. The teeth whitening should be done before the teeth bonding operation because the composite resin material used for the teeth bonding cannot be whitened. Your dentist may recommend cosmetic teeth bonding if you have the following dental defects;
- Cracked tooth
- Discoloured teeth
- Chipped tooth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
No need for anaesthesia
Teeth bonding is a non-invasive procedure, and for this reason, most patients do not need pain relievers or anaesthesia. This piece of information is meant to reassure those who may be worried that they will be put under dental anaesthesia. Nonetheless, every patient is different.
While some patients will not require dental anaesthesia, some may require it, especially if they feel pain or slight discomfort during the procedure. If you feel any pain or discomfort at any point of the procedure, do not hesitate to let the dentist know so they can anaesthetise the area. During the procedure, a tooth-coloured resin is applied to the surface of the teeth by the dentist to fix chips, cracks, discolouration of the teeth and other minor cosmetic issues.
It is minimally invasive
Composite teeth bonding is a minimally invasive procedure because there is no need to remove any natural tooth surface while restoring your smile. However, as compared to other cosmetic procedures like veneers and dental crowns, teeth bonding is different.
When it comes to the veneer process, enough enamel is removed by the dentist so that the teeth do not end up being too bulky due to the veneer. When it comes to a dental crown, it also requires the removal of enamel so that the restoration can fit over the tooth. Meanwhile, teeth bonding lets you keep as much of your natural teeth as possible.
One appointment only
You do not have to visit your dentist multiple times for composite teeth bonding. It can be done in only one dental appointment. How is this possible? Through the application of tooth-coloured resin material, your smile can be corrected in one appointment. Instead of waiting for weeks to get a tooth restoration, you can have your smile corrected in one day.
So long as the dental defects you have are not so severe, you can have your smile corrected in no time at all. Examples of defects that can be corrected by teeth bonding include small gaps in teeth, small chips in teeth, cracks and discolouration.
Compared to other cosmetic procedures like veneers and dental crowns, you only need to visit the dentist once. However, these other dental cosmetic procedures require at least two visits to the dentist. In addition, some of the special tooth restorations need to be created in a lab, which means you will have to wait until they are ready. Teeth bonding, on the other hand, requires no waiting period.
Composite teeth bonding is an affordable way to get a smile makeover. It fixes minor chips, cracks and gaps in the teeth for less than the cost of other cosmetic dental procedures like veneers and crowns.
Although it costs less, it does not last as long as porcelain veneers. Veneers last between 7 – 15 years, but composite bonding lasts between 3 – 10 years. If you are unsure which one to choose, you can always schedule an appointment with us for help.
To find out more about composite teeth bonding, contact us at Smile Works Dental. In order to request an appointment with our Harley Street Dentists, call Smile Works Dental at 02071834091. Get in touch with us today.