Composite bonding is the process of adding a tooth coloured material (called ‘composite’) to the existing tooth. This can be used to improve the visual appearance of the tooth (or many teeth) to enhance its shape, disguise its position or mask surface flaws.
Here are the most frequent reasons why many people choose this treatment:
Composite Bonding to prevent further damage
The outer surface of the tooth (enamel) can become damaged for a number of reasons, including subconscious habits (such as tooth grinding or ‘bruxism’) or erosion from acidic food or drink. Even digestive problems and acid reflux can have an effect. As the surface enamel becomes worn, the softer underlying dentine becomes exposed, accelerating surface wear. Composite bonding can be used to restore the surface of the tooth and help limit further damage.
Composite Bonding for cosmetic reasons
Most frequently patients seek composite bonding for cosmetic reasons. The effects of wear and tooth surface loss as described above, as well as discolouration, chipping, crooked or “gappy” teeth, can all prompt people to seek a solution to enhance their smile. Composite bonding gives us the opportunity to treat and manage such concerns, often with minimal intervention to the tooth structure.
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