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Composite Bonding/ Composite Veneers

Composite bonding / composite veneers are treatments where a white resin material (composite) is placed (or bonded) over your existing tooth, or teeth, forming a chemical union.

This results in a more desirable smile, improving the shape and colour of your tooth or teeth.

Here at Art of Dental Care in Chester, we treat composite bonding almost like a form of art.

Quick and painless, there’s no need for anaesthesia with this treatment – all that’s required is a bit of gentle filing. This makes the process kinder to your teeth than some other cosmetic treatments.

We also use composite bonding to address minor imperfections in the teeth, such as chips, gaps or discolouration.

If you’re interested in a service that will sculpt your smile and perfectly shine a spotlight on your teeth (for all the right reasons!), speak to a member of our team about our composite bonding service. Your dentist will need to assess you first, to advise whether this treatment is suitable, so get in touch to start the process today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

These are cosmetic dental procedures in which a tooth-coloured resin material is bonded and shaped onto the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance.

No, this process is not painful. The dentist may use a local anesthetic to numb the area if the procedure is being performed on a sensitive tooth.

These can last for approximately 5 to 6 years if properly maintained. However, the lifespan of the bonding material can vary depending on factors such as the bonding’s location, the patient's hygiene habits, and lifestyle factors such as smoking. Habits such as nail biting and teeth grinding also affect the outcome of the treatment.

Yes, these can be used to fill gaps between teeth. They can also be used to change the shape or size of teeth.

The composite bonding / composite veneer procedure can usually be completed in one visit and can take between 45 minutes to an hour per tooth. A review appointment for any adjustments will be made 2-4 weeks after the treatment.

Be mindful of your diet. Avoid heavily staining food and drink, smoking and excessively hard or sticky foods that may cause damage to the restorations or put excessive pressure on them.

Avoid habits like biting your nails, chewing on ice or using your teeth to open packages, as these can increase the risk of damaging your dental restorations.

Notify your dentist about any issues. If you notice any changes in the appearance, or if you experience sensitivity / discomfort or damage to the restoration, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Remember that maintaining good oral hygiene and diet is essential for the health of your natural teeth and dental restorations. By following these guidelines and visiting your dentist regularly, you can help ensure the longevity and appearance of your composite restorations.

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles (manual/ electric toothbrush) to thoroughly clean the composite restorations and around your mouth. You may also wish to add a fluoride rinse or fluoride toothpaste / gel to your cleaning regimen, but give a space of an hour between usage of mouthwash and toothpaste. Gently floss or use appropriately sized interdental brushes, being careful to avoid breakage.

Avoid smokers’ toothpaste/ abrasive toothpaste and harsh toothbrushes and techniques to clean the restorations. 

Regular maintenance (6 to 9 months) with your dentist is recommended. Composite bonding / veneers will require routine polishing and upkeep to improve their longevity and aesthetics.