Are you self-conscious about your smile? It’s hard not to be, in an age where celebs are often flashing their immaculately uniform and dazzlingly white teeth on the likes of Instagram and Twitter. However, if your teeth don’t compare, then opting for cosmetic dentistry can feel daunting.
Fortunately, though, some cosmetic dentistry techniques are much less so than others – and rising above the pack on this front is composite bonding, known as “shellac for your teeth”, says Glamour.
Composite bonding requires little preparation
Described simply, composite bonding is where tooth-colored composite resin is applied to chips, cracks and other damage on the teeth to conceal and obscure it. Reassuringly, WebMD describes this technique as “among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures”.
Whereas veneers and crowns must be made in a lab before they are applied for the same purpose, the whole course of a bonding treatment can often be provided in a single office visit. Bonding also doesn’t require quite as much tooth enamel removing beforehand.
Bonding is cheaper than porcelain veneers
The subtlety of composite bonding helps to recommend it above more adventurous alternatives like porcelain veneers. Otherwise known as “indirect” veneers, these can prove very costly even just per tooth, as the Colgate site acknowledges, and must be carried out over at least two dental visits.
Furthermore, whereas problems with these veneers would require them to be fully replaced, composite bonding can be rectified more easily through additions and repairs.
Bonding can replicate your natural tooth color
You might have considered opting for silver fillings, but the obvious problem with these is reflected in the word “silver”. Fillings of this metallic-looking finish can be unsightly, and knowing that onlookers could glimpse the silver traces might render you even more self-conscious than before.
However, with composite bonding, the practitioner can take account of your particular teeth’s color and select a resin in a hue that especially suits.
Bonding doesn’t wear away as much of your teeth
Though the preparations for bonding include slightly roughening the teeth’s surface to enable the bonding material to adhere to it, the overall treatment requires the least removal of tooth enamel among cosmetic dentistry treatments – veneers and crowns included.
This makes bonding more reversible than those alternative treatments, though you might not feel too inclined to have the treatment reversed anyway.
Bonded teeth can, quite simply, look great
This is, at least, assuming that the bonding is carried out sufficiently expertly. Your choice of a cosmetic dentist will be especially crucial here, which is why you should consider turning to an especially reputable dental group. Fortunately, this doesn’t strictly have to prove difficult.
If you are London-based, for example, you can locally receive composite bonding from Ten Dental, which has picked up multiple accolades attesting to its dental expertise.
Nonetheless, composite bonding isn’t quite for everyone, being best-suited for the small-scale restoration of the teeth. Fortunately, a good dentist will be able to accurately assess whether you would be better suited to bonding or an alternative.