Is Composite Bonding bad for my teeth?

Composite Bonding and composite veneers have become an extremely popular treatment in recent years. It is very apparent that due to social media influences and better access to treatment, alongside the ‘going to Turkey’ approach that patients are looking to improve their smiles, at a reduced cost to that of permanent veneers or crowns, avoiding any damage to their teeth in the process. Teeth straightening and clear aligners are also now an extremely popular treatment. When straightening teeth, it becomes apparent that the final position of your teeth may require composite bonding to finish and polish off your new smile.

So briefly, what is composite bonding?

Composite bonding or ‘edge bonding’ is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-coloured composite resin material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. Composite Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them.

What are composite veneers?

Like that of composite bonding, composite veneers are a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-coloured composite resin material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. However, composite veneers would cover the whole tooth surface, giving you fresh ‘veneer’ like appearance, allowing us to adjust the length, change shape and shade to give you a completely new smile.

But is it bad for your teeth?

In short, no. We carry out the minimum to absolutely no tooth preparation whatsoever. Therefore, if the composite material were to be removed, preserved underneath would be your original tooth surface as it were before the treatment had been carried out.

There are no major risks to the treatment whatsoever. It still requires the importance of good oral hygiene and regularly seeing your Dental care professional. One issue with composite is that it can chip or break with excessive forces. Guidance will be given on how to look after your brand-new shiny composite. We strongly advise you to wear a nightguard when you initially have your treatment to protect your teeth from excessive forces like grinding or clenching during the night or daytime.

We would advise seeing a hygienist regularly, as composite can also stain. Staining can be polished off and composite made to look fresh again, especially with diets that involve tea, coffee, and coke.

How long does composite bonding last?

Your composite bonding will last around 5-8 years, maybe longer if looked after and seen regularly by a dental care professional.