Cosmetic Bonding
31 July 2019
What is it?

Bonding is the addition of a tooth-coloured composite resin to a tooth in order to change its shape or colour. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. It is often used to repair chipped teeth or to close unwanted gaps between teeth. It can also be used to bring malpositioned teeth in to line or to make teeth look longer.

 Benefits of Dental Cosmetic Bonding:

  1. Natural looking results.
  2. Can be carried out in a single appointment unlike alternative treatments such as porcelain veneers.
  3. It involves very little preparation of the tooth surface rendering it is a safe, non-damaging way of improving smiles and anaesthesia is often not necessary.
  4. Allows patients to revisit their cosmetic concern at a later date if they opt for a permanent dental veneer or orthodontic treatment.
  5. Cost effective – considerably cheaper than porcelain veneers.

Any disadvantages?

  1. If a lot of tooth is missing, crowns may be a better option (they’re stronger).
  2. Longevity. The composite resin may chip and need repairing. How long it actually lasts depends on how much bonding was done and one’s oral habits.
  3. Tea, coffee, cigarette smoke and other substances can stain the resin. Teeth need to be brushed often and regularly cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist.
  4. The glaze and lustre isn’t quite as high as it is with porcelain but with modern polishing systems, this is less of an issue nowadays.

Patient with gaps between his top front teeth


Gaps closed with bonding in one visit
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Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with the appearance of teeth and the enhancement of a person's smile. From subtle changes to major repairs, our team can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile.