Composite is a material that can be used to alter the length, width and shape of your teeth. It has become extremely popular recently and is also known as ‘dental bonding’.
The composite material is directly added to teeth; this means that results are often achieved very quickly.
Composite bonding can either be added just to edges of teeth or it can be used to cover the entire tooth surface (composite veneers).
For dental bonding to be most effective the teeth need to be healthy and ideally straight. The composite material is matched to the colour of your other teeth. Many of my clients desire a whiter smile and for this reason many choose to have their teeth whitened before dental bonding, however this is not always required.
Composite is often most effective when used as part of the ‘ABC’ (align/bleach/composite) approach. First the teeth are aligned/straightened (Invisalign), then they are bleached/whitened (Boutique Whitening) and finally composite is added to produce the final smile. Most smile transformations are as easy as ABC!
Unfortunately composite requires a large amount of maintenance and clients should expect to need to re-polish/replace composite after approximately 5 years.