A guide to bonding; how it can restore your teeth

Almost everyone has heard about the dental cosmetic procedures involving dental implants and veneers; both very effective at restoring smiles that have either lost teeth or whiteness over the years.

But there is a method to restore your smile that predates both of these, can be more cost-effective and may be offered at your nearby dental surgery. So, if you want a whiter smile without the hassle of paying for porcelain veneers, ask your dentist about composite bonding from Harley Street.

What is bonding?

In short, bonding is one of the oldest of all dental cosmetic procedures and has been used in dental care for over 50 years.

Much like veneers, it involves the placement of a secondary material on to the teeth (composite), which is then sanded, filed and shaped to restore the appearance of the tooth or teeth.

Unlike veneers which are printed in a laboratory, your dentist will need to be skilled when it comes to shaping your composite correctly but the results can be truly striking if it is done correctly.

How can it alter a smile?

Bonding is used in a similar way as veneers; it can whiten a smile up to 10 shades and can also be used to conceal staining caused by smoking.

If you have cracks or chips in your teeth, your dentist will be able to use the composite to hide this, while also repairing it, making the appearance of your enamel smooth. Bonding can also be used to help with sensitive teeth too, as the material plugs up the microscopic holes that can cause that sharp pang when you consume a hot or cold drink. If you have any other cosmetic concerns, talk to your dentist about how bonding may be able to help or improve the appearance of your smile.

Is it preventive?

Bonding can be used as a preventive procedure.

If you have a crack or chip in your enamel, your dentist may decide to use bonding to prevent the crack from spreading or to stop bacteria from infiltrating it. This can prevent decay from forming and can also minimise the chances of infections from starting in the pulp of the tooth.

And, of course, composite can be used as a cosmetic preventive too. Your dentist may decide to fit you with a composite covering to prevent your teeth from becoming yellowed.

Does it hurt?

Bonding should not be painful.

As it simply involves a putty-like material being fitted to your teeth, shaped and cured with a UV light, it should not cause you any discomfort.

Who is a good candidate for it?

Many people are suitable candidates for bonding.

But, for your bonding to be successful, your tooth or teeth have to be in good shape in order for your dentist to attach the resin.

If you have minor tooth imperfections, staining or want a way to protect the roots of your teeth from future infections (if your gums are receding), talk to your dentist about bonding.