Treatments

Bonding

Bonding is one of the simplest cosmetic dental procedures.

About This Treatment

It is used to correct slight imperfection of the smile, reshape or repair chipped teeth and  close small gaps. It uses a plastic like material called composite. It is done in the chair, in one visit, and generally requires no numbing. Composite bonding can be considered a low-cost alternative to veneers. Veneer – five-star treatment ; bonding – three-star treatment. Composite Bonding can be a more conservative and a less expensive aesthetic option to veneers.

Bondings fillings can be used to repair:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Gaps or large spaces between teeth
  • Fractured teeth

The main benefits are:

  1. No needles / Injections
  2. Can sometimes be without drilling of the natural tooth structure
  3. Same day result

At Identity, we only use the very safest and highest-quality bonding materials available

Although dental bonding does not have the longevity and durability of porcelain veneers, it is a fast, relatively inexpensive way to improve teeth shape, contour, colour and repair tooth damage like cracks and fractures.

At A Glance

Dental Bonding vs. Veneers: What's the Difference?

Veneers and dental bonding are two popular cosmetic treatments that can treat minor dental problems and improve your smile. These treatments are often confused as they share a lot in common. One of the biggest differences when comparing dental bonding and  veneers is the material used. Composite is a plastic-like material whereas porcelain is more of a glass-like material. 

Composite is a porous material, meaning it can stain overtime or break more easily. It is not as strong as porcelain. 

Porcelain being a more glass-like material, they are more stain-resistant and resemble more closely natural teeth. Veneers also offer greater protection because they cover the entire front surface of the teeth and its biting surface — but they require removing more of the protective enamel from your natural teeth.

Veneers are lab made ultra thin sheets of ceramic material which are shaped to fit onto the teeth. They usually require some removal of natural tooth structure to create enough space for the veneer to attach to the tooth. They are normally recommended for larger imperfections of the teeth and as they are lab made, are more costly than composite bonding.

Composite bonding works well for closing small gaps, and in certain situations when the tooth does not need to be touched but bonding added. However in certain situations dental bonding may require alteration to your tooth just as needed for veneers. They are less costly than porcelain veneers, but do not last as long as porcelain veneers.

As a general rule, bonding is the more affordable treatment but it won’t last as long. While dental bonding can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, veneers can last for decades. 

Both bonding and veneers can change the size, color, texture of teeth and close gaps, change shapes and give a smile a more healthy and glowing look.

If you opt for veneers, they will need to be custom-made in a process that takes weeks and at least two or three office visits. Dental bonding offers immediate results and takes 2 visits and each bonded tooth between 30 to 60 minutes.

requires two visits, initial visit is the preparation of teeth and temporary stage, the second visit is seating the porcelain veneers plus final adjustmentsIf you aren’t sure whether dental bonding or veneers are right for you, please book a consultation at our identity Clinic. 

Bonding Veneers
Medium Durability Maximum
High Ease of Stain Low
Less Tooth Reduction More
££ Cost £££
Small Transformation Profound
2 No. Of Visits 3

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect during your composite bonding appointment:

Dental bonding begins with preparing the tooth so that there is a place for the bonding material to be applied.

 This is done by roughening or etching the surface of the tooth with a gentle phosphoric acid conditioner to help the composite resin bond with the tooth. This is a completely painless process.

Sometimes, if you have an old filling that needs to be replaced or have a chip, we remove the composite prior to the bonding or bevel the tooth so that the composite coding blends with the natural tooth.

Next, the right shade of the composite material is selected and sculpted to restore or improve your tooth’s shape and size. Once the material is molded, it will be hardened with a special UV light.

The bonded composite material can be further shaped and layered as needed before the last step: polishing and smoothing. This gives the dental bonding material a shiny finish like your surrounding teeth.

A dental bonding procedure at Identity will take around 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth and it will be completed in just one office visit.

How long does a Dental Bonding last?

On average Dental Bonding lasts 3-5 years. In comparison porcelain veneers last 7-10 years, although the majority of porcelain veneers last much longer.

The reason for this difference is the material used. Composite is a plastic-like material whereas porcelain is more of a glass-like material. This explains why composite bonding stains more easily; the material itself is more porous. 

The bite is also a determining factor. The way the upper teeth and the lower teeth come together is one of the reasons a dental bonding will last longer or not. If the patient grinds or clenches, it will increase the stress on the material.

That’s why if the patient has a traumatic bite, or worn back teeth, dental bonding for front teeth will not last as long. In these cases, it is best to use porcelain restoration such as dental veneers for front teeth, and porcelain onlays or crowns on the back teeth. 

But again Dental bonding remains less invasive than porcelain veneers since minimal tooth structure is shaven off.

Dental Bonding vs. Veneers: What's the Difference?

Veneers and dental bonding are two popular cosmetic treatments that can treat minor dental problems and improve your smile. These treatments are often confused as they share a lot in common. One of the biggest differences when comparing dental bonding and  veneers is the material used. Composite is a plastic-like material whereas porcelain is more of a glass-like material. 

Composite is a porous material, meaning it can stain overtime or break more easily. It is not as strong as porcelain. 

Porcelain being a more glass-like material, they are more stain-resistant and resemble more closely natural teeth. Veneers also offer greater protection because they cover the entire front surface of the teeth and its biting surface — but they require removing more of the protective enamel from your natural teeth.

Veneers are lab made ultra thin sheets of ceramic material which are shaped to fit onto the teeth. They usually require some removal of natural tooth structure to create enough space for the veneer to attach to the tooth. They are normally recommended for larger imperfections of the teeth and as they are lab made, are more costly than composite bonding.

Composite bonding works well for closing small gaps, and in certain situations when the tooth does not need to be touched but bonding added. However in certain situations dental bonding may require alteration to your tooth just as needed for veneers. They are less costly than porcelain veneers, but do not last as long as porcelain veneers.

As a general rule, bonding is the more affordable treatment but it won’t last as long. While dental bonding can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, veneers can last for decades. 

Both bonding and veneers can change the size, color, texture of teeth and close gaps, change shapes and give a smile a more healthy and glowing look.

If you opt for veneers, they will need to be custom-made in a process that takes weeks and at least two or three office visits. Dental bonding offers immediate results and takes 2 visits and each bonded tooth between 30 to 60 minutes.

requires two visits, initial visit is the preparation of teeth and temporary stage, the second visit is seating the porcelain veneers plus final adjustmentsIf you aren’t sure whether dental bonding or veneers are right for you, please book a consultation at our identity Clinic. 

Is Dental Bonding Permanent?

Dental bonding is not a permanent solution because the  material used is a dental resin and can last from 3-5 years. Habits and daily care also influence how long bonding can last. Brushing, flossing, and smart food choices can decrease the rate at which bonding dulls. Avoiding using teeth as tools and maintaining regular dental exams and cleanings support the extended lifespan of bonding.

How do I take care of my Bonding?

The secret to longer lasting dental composite bonding or veneers is keeping good oral hygiene. A professional polish is recommended at least once a  year. If the patients are grinding or clenching, the use of a night guard or a deprogrammer is recommended.

 

Do your teeth have to be straight first before composite bonding?

It is recommended to straighten teeth before the bonding. It allows better results and a more conservative approach when having to remove tooth structure.

Slight minor misalignment can be masked with composite. However even if it is not mandatory, for more aesthetic results it is advisable to have your teeth straighten with braces or invisalign first.

Can Dental Bonding Be Whitened?

We do not recommend whitening teeth that have been bonded. Whitening gel is not believed to damage dental bonding but the reaction of the bonding material, the resin, to the whitening agent is unpredictable and may not match that of natural enamel. The patient may be left with what is called a chameleon effect ( some parts of the tooth appear lighter than others). For a more uniform shade result, patients may be advised to whiten their teeth before dental bonding is performed

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