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What Aftercare is Required with Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a treatment we see our patients requesting much more frequently, due to its relatively affordable cost and instant results. Composite bonding can help with a variety of cosmetic dental concerns, such as chipped teeth or discolouration you just can’t shift.

If you are looking to enhance your smile, composite bonding may be the best way forward. It’s not invasive like some other cosmetic procedures, yet the results are just as effective. While it’s an easy treatment to opt for, there are some things to keep in mind to keep your composite bonding a long-lasting, quality choice. Here’s our guide to aftercare for composite bonding treatments.

What is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a non-invasive treatment that smooths the appearance of teeth, leading to a brighter and more uniform smile. During a composite bonding procedure, a tooth-coloured resin material is carefully applied and shaped around your natural tooth.

You can find out more about the procedure and processes involved on our composite bonding page.

What Can Composite Bonding Fix?

Composite bonding is often used to enhance the cosmetic appearance of teeth. It can also help with or prevent certain dental health problems, so having aesthetic dental concerns fixed with composite bonding comes with an added bonus!

In terms of improving how your teeth look, composite bonding works to fix:

  • Discoloured or stained teeth
  • Minor gaps and cracks
  • Jagged or chipped teeth

From a health perspective, it can help with:

  • Strengthening weak teeth
  • Improving your confidence and general mental health
  • Protection against sensitivity if you have receding gums

Do remember that if you have any major dental issues, your dentist may recommend you have those addressed before proceeding with composite bonding treatment.

The Composite Bonding Process, Explained

Before you choose to have composite bonding done, we’d recommend you make an initial consultation with your chosen dentist first. This appointment gives you the chance to ask any questions about the procedure. You will also have your teeth examined so the dentist can address any current dental health issues. They may also be able to recommend alternative, more suitable treatments for achieving the goals you have in mind for your smile.

Once you have decided composite bonding is right for you, your dentist will book your treatment appointment. The dentist will clean and prepare the teeth before bonding, making sure there is a fresh base to work on. They will sculpt the resin material to your teeth, before using a special UV light to harden the material. Once applied and set, they’ll check the shaping and polish for an even finish.

Aftercare Tips for Composite Bonding

Your dentist may recommend some immediate aftercare tips following your composite bonding treatment. For the first few days after treatment, your composite bonding will still be settling in place, and may be prone to staining.

  • Take care to avoid certain foods and drinks – especially hard or sticky foods that may cause the resin to shift. While composite bonding is exceptionally strong, the bond can take a day or so to properly adhere to the teeth.

  • Avoid things that can stain the teeth. Smoking and drinking coffee or red wine are not recommended if you have just had a composite bonding procedure. Again, this is because the materials used may not always be as hardwearing when first applied.

Here are some of the more long-term tips you can follow to protect your composite bonding.

  1. Focus on oral hygiene. With composite bonding, you should take care of your teeth just as much as usual. This includes brushing twice a day (or more, if necessary), using dental floss, and rinsing with a quality mouthwash morning and night.
  • Protect teeth against damage. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend a mouthguard or splint to protect the composite bonding material against continued friction. This can cause the resin to chip or file away over time – the same as it can happen with your natural teeth.

  • Visit your dentist regularly. Going for your 6-monthly check-ups is a must, even with composite bonding. In fact, these appointments can help your dentist determine whether there are any issues with the bonding process, as well as taking care of your overall dental health and hygiene. Having your teeth professionally cleaned and polished each year will also reduce the long-term potential for staining that can happen with composite bonding.

Following these tips can help your treatment last much longer. If your bonding does break or chip, you should book in to see your dentist as soon as possible – improving the chances they’ll be able to repair it properly.

How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

The reason dentists provide patients aftercare tips is so that they can effectively maintain the lasting quality of treatments or procedures. If you follow the above aftercare tips and stay on top of your overall dental health and hygiene, your composite bonding can last up to 8 years!

In some cases, composite bonding will naturally wear down faster or need replacing sooner. This may happen due to a variety of lifestyle and health factors – some of which you will have no control over. To make sure you are taking care of your composite bonding as best as possible, it’s important to book in regular check-ups with your dentist and follow any updated aftercare advice or plans they provide.

Composite Bonding Treatments by Ringway Dental

At Ringway Dental, we are committed to ensuring all our clients (and potential clients!) receive the best possible treatment available in the Greater Manchester area. Our well-equipped private dental surgery is located in the heart of Cheadle and is easily accessible from the surrounding areas. We take pride in the luxurious setting we have curated throughout our practice, while our friendly team are passionate and experienced in what they do.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. You can call the surgery today on 0161 437 2029!

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