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Composite bonding: will it look natural and how long will it last?

What is Composite Bonding?

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Composite bonding involves the use of tooth-coloured synthetic resin, which bonds to the tooth. This material is shaped to the desired form and hardened with a special light.

Veneers using composite material can improve your smile by:

  • Filling chipped teeth or cavities caused by decay
  • Masking stained teeth
  • Changing the shape or size of teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth

When used for cosmetic purposes, the term composite veneer may be used in some cases.

Is Composite Bonding right for you?

Bonding, or composite veneers, can be a minimally invasive method to provide the smile you wish to achieve. The benefit of composite veneers is that the procedure often requires minimal to no tooth reduction and, after initial planning and assessment, can usually be completed in a single visit. However, composite bonding is not always suitable for everyone. Therefore, it is important to be assessed by your dentist. Generally speaking, composite veneers can be a great choice for those seeking an improvement in their smile for teeth that are predominantly healthy and minimally misaligned. 

What will the appearance and longevity of Composite Bonding be like?

Today’s composite materials are applied in layers, sculpted to the teeth to create a desired shape, size and shade. This can lead to a result that is very natural.

It is difficult to determine the exact length of time for which composite veneers will last because every individual’s mouth and lifestyle is different. Composite resin material is susceptible to chipping and staining over time and maintenance will be required. However, generally, composite veneers can last anywhere between four to 10 years.

If you are interested in improving your smile using composite veneers, contact us today for a consultation to determine if this conservative cosmetic solution is right for you.

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