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Composite bonding

Composite bonding is an easy and effective way to make small changes to your smile.

If you are looking for a minimally invasive, instantly transformative alternative to veneers, composite bonding is a good choice and a very popular treatment because it is capable of transforming your smile quickly and safely.

Small chips, fractures and cracks, as well as the aesthetic appearance of discoloured, shortened or misshapen teeth can all be addressed with composite bonding.

Often described as “cosmetic bonding” or ‘tooth bonding’ this affordable cosmetic treatment is appropriate for any patient with good dental health. Any little imperfection can be improved upon and its pain free requiring no anaesthetic or drilling.


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What is composite bonding and how does it work?


Composite resin material is bonded to the tooth, then carefully sculpted and polished.

It’s not necessary to remove any tooth structure and the results will typically last for 3 - 5 years.

However, bonded teeth can be easier to stain or break and your dentist will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your individual requirements and will suggest alternative treatments, if appropriate.

Some useful information

Composite bonding could be ideal for you if you have any of the following concerns about a tooth or teeth:

  • Fractures, cracks and chips
  • Discolouration – white and brown marks and specks across tooth surfaces
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Shape of teeth – composite bonding can enhance the shape of a tooth and change its length.
  • Protect teeth and gums – if a root has become visible, composite bonding can address this, protecting the root from decay and gum disease.

Composite Bonding has become a very popular treatment

Composite bonding is becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Improved aesthetic appearance
  • Can often be completed in one appointment
  • Retains the health and natural structure of your tooth
  • Avoids any tooth sensitivity
  • No needles necessary

Patients often choose to restore several teeth in a single appointment.

One particularly common request is for composite bonding to improve the structure of the front upper and lower teeth for a more even look. This also has the advantage of making teeth easier to brush and floss, benefitting oral and dental hygiene.

What is the procedure?

The procedure is divided into five stages:

Stage 1
Select the ideal tooth shade:
Before treatment begins, we will identify a shade that will suit your smile to make sure the results are as authentic as possible. Teeth whitening treatment may be recommended for the perfect shade.

Stage 2
Preparation & cleaning:
To prepare your tooth for the bonding process and eliminate the risk of post-procedure infections, we will carefully clean it beforehand, gently roughen the tooth’s surface and then coat it with a gel-based substance that will ensure the composite resin bonds to your tooth when applied.

Stage 3
Apply the bonding material:
Composite resin has a paste-like texture, allowing us to shape your tooth with a high level of precision.

Stage 4
Setting the composite:
UV light is used for 30 seconds to harden and set the composite material.

Stage 5
Final tweaks:
In some cases, we may make some very minor adjustments such as trimming, shaping or polishing for the perfect result before you leave the practice with a brand-new beautiful smile.

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Would you like to chat with one of our team about composite bonding? Give us a call now on

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I care for my teeth after composite bonding treatment?

With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, your composite bond should last for many years. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your bonded teeth stay strong and unstained:

  • Avoid tea, coffee, smoking and food which may stain for 48 hours after having the treatment.
  • Brush your teeth often and see the hygienist regularly to maintain good oral health.
  • Avoid biting nails or chewing items, which may chip the resin material. Bonds aren’t as strong as a normal tooth so it’s important to take precautions to avoid damage.

How much does it cost?

Composite bonding begins at £220 per tooth.
Would you like to find out more about composite bonding treatment? Call us and have a chat with our friendly team or book a free virtual consultation with one of our dentists.

Can bonding change the colour of my teeth?

Composite bonding can be a solution for staining in teeth and fillings.

We often recommend it is used in combination with a tooth whitening procedure for best results. If you are considering composite bonding, your dentist will typically recommend that you have teeth whitening treatment first.

The composite resin will be selected to match your tooth colour, so it is advisable to get them to your preferred shade before treatment for bonding begins as once the composite bond has been placed, it is not possible to whiten further.

Will I have to have my teeth shaved down?

No, composite bonding is applied on top of the natural tooth and can be used to cover the whole surface or just the edges, which means the structure of the tooth or teeth is retained.

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Hertfordshire Dental Group

6 Star Street,
Ware, Hertfordshire,
SG12 7AA
01920 465908

4-8 Maidenhead St
SG14 1DR
01920 465908

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