Composite Bonding

Composite bonding, which is also commonly known as dental bonding, is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to solve minor oral imperfections.

Dental Bonding for Gaps & Chips

The composite bonding process involves applying a tooth-coloured resin onto existing teeth to restore shape, colour, and structure.

The colour of the composite material is made to match the shade of your existing teeth, so it looks completely natural.

It is a quick and non-invasive procedure that helps you achieve your ideal smile. 

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Dental bonding can fix most minor dental issues

Dental bonding is a popular corrective procedure that fixes the most common dental problems, such as: 

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Stained and discoloured teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Decaying teeth or cavities
  • Receding gums or exposed roots

The bonding procedure is simple

The composite material is also an alternative to amalgam or metallic fillings to help the smile look whiter and more natural.

This simple cosmetic procedure can be carried out in just one visit to the dentist, so it is a quick and efficient way to fix your minor dental issues.

  • Your dentist will match the colour of your tooth to the right shade of resin.
  • Your teeth are professionally cleaned to eliminate any risk of post-procedure infection.
  • Your tooth surface is roughened slightly to help the resin bond properly.
  • To prepare the tooth for the resin, a tooth conditioner is applied to the exact place where the bonding is needed.
  • A bonding agent is painted onto the tooth with a small brush-like applicator. This will help the composite resin harden and bond to the teeth.
  • The composite resin is applied to the affected tooth and is hardened using UV light.
  • The final stage of the bonding process will include: Trimming, Polishing, Reshaping and Layering.
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What are the advantages of bonding?

There are many benefits to opting for composite bonding as a cosmetic treatment:

  • Simple procedure with no anaesthetic needed
  • Cheaper than most other cosmetic treatments
  • Bonding can be done in a single visit to the dentist
  • Painless and non-invasive (minimal filing of the tooth’s surface)
  • Bonding can last between 5-7 years if cared for properly

Does dental bonding damage the teeth?

There aren’t any major risks to dental bonding.

Though bonding does not damage your teeth, it is essential to remember that composite materials are not as strong as your natural teeth, therefore, can be prone to breaking or chipping.

Unlike other materials such as porcelain, the composite resin is not wholly stain-resistant, so you may experience some discolouration over time if you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, for example.

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Composite Bonding Vs Veneers: What’s the difference?

The cosmetic dental treatment you choose will depend on your individual preferences in the situation, along with the guidance of your dentist.

However, the general idea is that bonding is used to correct small issues in the mouth, whereas veneers work better for those patients needing more significant changes to this smile.

Veneers are very thin tooth-coloured porcelain shells that are custom-made to fit over the surface of your teeth to correct imperfections.

Much like composite bonding, they correct the teeth’ colour, shape, size, structure, and alignment. Learn more about veneers. 

Veneers tend to last longer than composite bonding, as porcelain is much stronger and more durable than resin. If taken care of properly, veneers can last up to 20 years.

Bonding can last up to 7 years with the right aftercare

To help reduce the risk of your dental bonding work chipping or staining, here are some aftercare tips for a prolonged and perfect smile:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Avoid hard or chewy foods
  • Do not bite your nails
  • Do not smoke, drink tea or coffee for the first few days following your procedure to avoid staining
  • Schedule regular check-ups and hygienist appointments bi-annually
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Because it is a cosmetic procedure, dental bonding is unavailable via the NHS.

However, it is one of the most affordable cosmetic treatments.

The average price of composite bonding ranges between £200-£350 per tooth. 

Here at The Gentle Dental, we believe in providing affordable, high-quality treatment and care.

See our complete list of fees here.

We offer 0% finance options on all of our cosmetic treatments, too, to enable you to achieve your ideal smile in an affordable way that works for you.

Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
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18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
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14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
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15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
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12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
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07:11 06 Nov 21
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11:35 11 Oct 21
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08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
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17:48 14 May 21
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