Cosmetic bonding is a process that has been transforming the appearance of patient’s smiles for years, and is one of the safest, easiest and most affordable of all the cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic bonding is also incredibly versatile and has a range of uses within cosmetic dentistry.
The bonding itself is made of composite resin and can be made up to closely resemble the tooth colour of each individual patient. This means it can be used to fix teeth internally or used on their exterior to disguise damage. The resin can be used by a City of London dentist to fill cavities, cover discoloured or badly worn teeth and even repair cracks and chips. The resin is moulded to the desired shape before being set hard with the heat of a dental laser.
Some minor preparation work is needed before use; the tooth enamel is etched by the dentist to allow for greater adhesion to the cosmetic bonding. When set, the bonding is buffed and polished to appear more like the existing enamel. When set, bonding is very durable and resistant to staining, although it must be said it cannot compete with a porcelain veneer for stain resistance. Cosmetic bonding is most effective for carrying out small repairs and minor cosmetic procedures but loses some of its effectiveness in larger areas.
One of the most popular uses for cosmetic bonding is filling cavities because it can be made to match the colour of the existing teeth. Many patients are choosing to replace their old dental amalgam fillings with cosmetic bonding for a more pleasing aesthetic effect.