7 Jan,

A Complete Guide to Cosmetic Bonding

Did you know that the enamel on your teeth is actually the hardest material found in your body? But, regardless of this fact, your teeth can become damaged over time. This could be the result of tooth decay, bruxism (grinding your teeth), or an accident.

One of the most effective ways to repair your teeth is by using a process called cosmetic bonding. This treatment will not only improve the appearance of your tooth but will also protect it from further damage.

But what exactly is involved in cosmetic bonding? And, is the treatment right for you?

This guide will talk you through everything you need to know before committing to the procedure.

What Is Cosmetic Bonding?

Sometimes called ‘composite bonding’, or ‘tooth bonding’, this simple but effective cosmetic procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic bonding uses a malleable material called composite resin. This is applied directly to the teeth and can correct:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Staining and discolouration
  • Gaps
  • Teeth that appear too short
  • Misshapen teeth

Who Can Have Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a great way to address minor defects in your teeth. If your tooth is badly damaged or decayed, you may want to consider more complete restorations such as implants and crowns.

While cosmetic bonding may work well at brightening stained or discoloured areas of your teeth, if you want to improve their overall colour, we’d suggest having the procedure in conjunction with a whitening treatment.

How Does the Cosmetic Bonding Treatment Work?

The first step in the cosmetic bonding process is to identify the areas of your teeth that you’d like to improve. This could include addressing chips, cracks, stains, or even making your teeth appear longer or close together.

Next, we’ll start to apply the composite resin to the areas we want to fix. This will be skilfully sculpted on your tooth until it looks natural and smooth.

Once we’re happy with your tooth looks, we’ll use a special light to set the resin in place. 

In all, treatment for a single tooth can take just a few minutes. Many people choose to have the procedure carried out on several teeth at the same time to really make your smile look amazing.

What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding?

One of the biggest benefits of cosmetic bonding is how effective it is at restoring the appearance of your teeth. Not only will your smile look great, but you’ll have renewed confidence in the way you look.

Because there are no drills or other similar tools used in the process, there’s no need for anaesthesia. Overall, the entire treatment and recovery are pain and discomfort free.

Many people are surprised at how quick and simple the treatment is. As there’s no downtime involved in the recovery, some even opt to get this treatment on their lunch break.

Taking Care of Your New Smile

We know that you’ll love the results of your cosmetic bonding treatment, but we want to make sure you get the most out of your new smile.

Once set, the composite resin will be strong; that said, it’s important to avoid chewing hard objects such as pen lids or ice. To keep the colour of the resin bright and fresh, book regular hygiene appointments and watch out for anything that might stain such as coffee, red wine, or smoking.

Cosmetic Bonding at Canon House

If you’re looking for ways to improve the appearance of your smile and boost your confidence, cosmetic bonding might be for you.

To find out whether this option will work wonders for your teeth, book an appointment today. 

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Get in touch with the Canon House Team to find out more about any aspect of cosmetic or restorative treatment.