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Composite is a dental resin that can be bonded to the teeth and is most commonly used for “white fillings.”

An extremely versatile material, composite can be bonded to the front teeth to enhance the appearance of the teeth and is often used to close gaps, add length to worn teeth, and change the shape and alignment of the front teeth. This process is commonly referred to as composite bonding, or dental bonding. Occasionally, the whole visible tooth surface may be covered by the composite, in such cases it is usually referred to as composite veneers.

Treatment details:

Average Treatment Time

30 minutes per tooth

Number Of Visits Required

1 visit required for immediate results

Anaesthetic

Not usually required

Duration Of Results

Composite bonding is considered to be a permanent restoration of the teeth, however the longevity of the treatment can vary from person to person. Good oral hygiene and regular care will ensure the best longevity of the material. The average lifespan is 5-10 years, with occasional maintenance required.

Aftercare

After composite bonding treatment, extra care should be taken to maintain a meticulous oral hygiene regime as recommended by your dentist. Although composite is a strong material, avoid habits such as opening bottles or packets with the teeth, nail or pen biting. Patients who clench or grind their teeth may also be recommended to wear an occlusal appliance such as a night guard.  As always, regular dental check-ups are advised twice per year, along side hygienist appointments. During these visits the dentist will screen the composite work and carry out any required maintenance such as polishing.

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