Cosmetic bonding is a technique used to sculpt chipped or cracked teeth, fill in gaps between teeth, correct uneven teeth, cover up discolourations on teeth and can be used as a more attractive alternative to metal fillings. Composite bonding is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening in order for patients to gain a bright, beautiful smile.
How long does cosmetic bonding take?
It can take between 30 – 60 minutes per tooth depending on the the complexity of the individual case. The beauty of cosmetic bonding is that most treatments can be completed in a single sitting.
Is cosmetic bonding a painful procedure?
No this is not a painful. If the treatment is simple repairing of cracks or chipped teeth then anaesthesia is not required. If cosmetic bonding is being used to fill a deep cavity, then anaesthesia is used to prevent discomfort.
How quickly will I recover from the procedure? Do I need to book time off work?
Cosmetic bonding is a fairly simple procedure, there’s no time required after this procedure.
How long after my appointment do I need to wait before I can eat or drink?
As it is a minimally invasive treatment there is no need for downtime post treatment, you can carry on as normal. Please keep in mind the composite resin is not as strong as your natural teeth, so you could still suffer from chips or cracks from eating very hard food or chewing on pens or pencils. The composite resin is also not stain resistant much like your natural tooth enamel. Drinking large amounts of tea/coffee, red wine and smoking can cause discolouration over a period of time.
How do I care for my teeth after cosmetic bonding?
After your treatment we recommend keeping a healthy dental routine to maintain the results of your treatment and the health of your teeth and gums;
Make sure to visit us every 6 month for a check up, we have a great Membership package which will give you;
Is cosmetic bonding the right solution for me?
If you have a chipped, cracked or discoloured tooth then cosmetic bonding might be the right treatment for you.
If this treatment is something you think could work for you, or if would like more advice we are more than happy for you to come by to the surgery if you would like to see our practice and speak with someone face to face.
Our dental practice is located a short walk from South Woodford tube station on the central line. We enjoy receiving patients from not only South Woodford & Woodford Green areas, but also Wanstead, Chigwell, Loughton and the surrounding areas.