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.

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Before and After Photos

Using composite bonding, dentist Chris Charles has transformed the teeth of this patient who is now confident enough to smile!

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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.

Chipped front teeth look unsightly and can chip further if left unrestored. Using tooth matching shade guides and composite filling materials Chris Charles restored this tooth.

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Chipped front tooth after

This patient was unhappy with the appearance of his teeth, and the colour. Chris Charles built up the front of his teeth with white filling material, Without taking a drill to any of the patients natural teeth.

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composite bonding and re-contouring after photo

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