Not happy with the way your smile looks? Are chipped first teeth spoiling your mood? Or perhaps unsightly discolouration is pushing you to the limit? There is a way, and we are not talking about veneers, but about covering your teeth with a thin layer of composite. In this article, we'll explain to you what dental bonding in the UK is, what the procedure looks like and what it costs.
Tooth bonding - an effect you don't have to wait long for
This is a non-invasive method that involves covering your teeth with a thin layer of composite made from resin - so you can change both their shape and colour.
Dental bonding in the UK doesn't hurt, doesn't take long - the treatment is carried out in a single visit - and the effect is visible immediately. This is definitely a huge advantage! This method will certainly be appreciated by people who have suddenly chipped a tooth, have been struggling with difficult-to-remove discolourations for some time - but also those who have been struggling with gaps between teeth, such as diastema, since childhood.
Are you bothered by a gap between your teeth? Read our article: "Gap between teeth. Where does it come from and how can it be removed?".
What does the treatment look like?
The procedure itself is relatively straightforward, although there are several steps involved. The execution time will, of course, depend on how many lesions you want to cover with composite and what type they are - some may require a little more work and attention from your dentist! Don't worry though - you certainly won't spend several hours in the chair.
The treatment is divided into six stages. First, the tooth surface is cleaned, then, if necessary, the tooth is reduced a little. The next step is to etch the enamel with a mild acid. Then comes the application of the composite resin. Here, the dentist has to model it to fit the shape of your smile.
The next step is the application of the so-called actual composite - that is, the layer chosen to match the colour of the teeth - and curing with a dental lamp. At the very end, the dentist will smooth the resin and additionally polish the surface to make the effect even better.
Dental bonding in the UK - effects
As we mentioned, the effects of bonding are visible immediately. This is why it is quite a popular treatment - the immediate improvement in the appearance of patients' smiles is very appealing to them!
Teeth are stain-free, even, with no visible cavities or interruptions. All this in a short time and completely painless. So if you have some reservations about the appearance of your teeth, contact us - perhaps bonding will be the perfect solution for you!
Is dental bonding for everyone?
If you want a solution that lasts for many, many years - choose another method to improve your smile. Veneers, which will serve you for the rest of your life, will work well. We have written more about them in the texts: "Dental veneers in the UK. Everything you need to know" and "Composite veneers in the UK versus porcelain veneers in the UK - which to choose?".
Tooth bonding is a temporary solution, therefore, Before making a decision, consult a suitable dentist. This one will select the ideal method for your needs. Such as - in the case of discolouration - teeth whitening. In our office, you can use the Enlighten system, which will allow you to enjoy a snow-white smile in just two weeks! Be sure to read our article on the subject: "Enlighten teeth whitening, or a snow-white smile in 2 weeks".
What are the contraindications to the procedure?
If there are even the slightest decaying lesions on your teeth, you cannot undergo the procedure. Tooth bonding requires a completely healthy mouth. Therefore, it is essential that you cure all your teeth before the procedure.
What's more, if you know you suffer from bruxism, bonding will not be for you. By grinding your teeth, you won't be able to enjoy the effect that bonding gives. Don't worry though - bruxism can be worked on. You'll read about it in our article: "Bruxism, or teeth grinding - where does it come from and how to get rid of it?".
How long will you enjoy the effect of dental bonding?
The maximum number is 5 years. Of course, how long the effect will last is influenced by the material used by the dentist, but also by your eating habits or external factors.
Strongly coloured products can make the bond no longer look so spectacular. So limit coffee, red wine or fizzy drinks. If you smoke cigarettes, we encourage you to give them up too. It's good for your smile and your health!
And don't forget to brush and floss regularly. Add to this your dental check-up and polishing appointments too. By taking care of these rules, you can be sure that the bonding effect of your teeth will last you a very long time.
Note: Be sure to read our articles on taking care of your oral hygiene before the procedure: "(Not) proper oral hygiene - the 10 biggest mistakes" and "How to strengthen your teeth?".