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Cosmetic Bonding

If you are interested in improving the look, feel or function of your teeth please get in-touch. Here are some options:

BIOCLEAR

This is an innovative, gentle technique that uses composite bonding to fill any unsightly black gaps between teeth. Clear forms are carefully positioned and gradually filled with composite filling material, then swiftly hardened with a UV light. As well as restoring evenness to black triangular spaces, Bioclear can also be used to fill a whole gap between two front teeth (diastema).

COMPOSITE BONDING

Modern tooth coloured restorative materials can be bonded to teeth to improve the shape or colour of them, often without the need for local anaesthetic. This is the quickest and least expensive method of improvement, but it is not always a suitable alternative to veneers or crowns.

TOOTH CONTOURING

This process shapes the enamel to improve the appearance of your tooth. It may be used to correct a small chip or to alter the length, shape or position of teeth.

Tooth contouring can also be used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth. This procedure offers fast results and can even be a substitute for braces in certain circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bioclear is a cosmetic dentistry technique used to restore teeth with gaps, stains, or irregularities. It involves the use of clear matrices and composite resin to create a seamless and natural-looking restoration. This innovative approach can improve the appearance of your smile without the need for invasive procedures like veneers or crowns.

Yes, Composite Bonding is often a cost-effective option for smile enhancement. This procedure uses tooth-colored composite resin to repair chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth. It’s less expensive than some alternatives like porcelain veneers, making it an attractive choice for many patients seeking cosmetic improvements.

Composite Bonding is durable and can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or even longer with proper care. However, the longevity of the bonding depends on factors like oral hygiene, eating habits, and the skill of the dentist. Regular check-ups and maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your bonded teeth.

Tooth Contouring, also known as enameloplasty, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves reshaping and polishing teeth to improve their appearance. It’s suitable for individuals with minor imperfections like uneven or slightly overlapping teeth. Tooth Contouring is a quick and painless way to achieve a more balanced smile.

Yes, Bioclear is an effective solution for closing gaps between teeth without the need for braces. By using the Bioclear method, a dentist can add composite resin to the teeth, effectively closing the spaces and creating a seamless, natural look. It’s a quicker alternative for individuals who wish to address gaps in their smile.

Tooth Contouring is a safe and minimally invasive procedure, but there are some considerations. It may not be suitable for individuals with significant tooth damage or those requiring more extensive cosmetic work. Additionally, there can be a slight risk of tooth sensitivity following the procedure, but this is usually temporary and manageable with proper dental care.

The Bonding Process

Before you commence treatment the dentist will talk you through the process and check that you are happy with the colour of your teeth. They will then show you a shade guide of all of the available shades to get the one that perfectly matches the shade of your teeth. If you want whiter teeth then a course of whitening will be advised before having composite bonding treatment.

To be able to bond modern composites to teeth there are several stages that happen in order to ensure the composite material adheres to the tooth surface.

  1. The teeth have to be kept very dry so the dentist will use small cheek retractors, gauze and cotton wool rolls to make sure no moisture gets onto the teeth during the treatment appointment.
  2. The teeth are cleaned using a detergent that removes any organic materials from the enamel on the teeth, this is then washed off and the teeth are dried using a light spray of air.
  3. A bonding agent is applied to the area that will be built up, this is set using an intense blue light, this is called curing.
  4. A matrix strip called a Bioclear strip is placed between the teeth to form the new tooth shape.
  5. The composite material is flowed into the matrix strip next to the tooth and held into place and then cured with the same intense blue light which polymerises the filling material turning it from a paste into a solid that is very similar to tooth in both density and characteristics.
  6. The composite bonded material is trimmed and polished until the shape blends perfectly into your smile and your teeth look natural.
  7. The dentist checks that you are happy with the shape and style of your improved teeth and arranges a follow-up appointment with you.
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Before and After Photos

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