Can composite bonding straighten teeth?
If you want a straighter smile, there are several ways we can help. While braces are usually the number one choice for most patients, if your teeth are only slightly misaligned or misshapen, you might be suitable for composite bonding.
What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a fantastic technique we can use to reshape your teeth. We use a tooth-coloured resin to seamlessly build up the contours of your teeth. It looks incredibly natural and won’t damage your natural teeth.
Some of the common concerns that bonding can help with include:
- Chipped and broken teeth
- Crooked and misaligned teeth
- Small and misshapen teeth
- Cracks and enamel defects
- Gaps between teeth
Your results should last several years and will naturally wear down over time. Bonding is safe and gentle, so you can repeat your treatment to maintain your new smile. If you change your mind, dental bonding is also reversible.
Some patients like to combine teeth whitening with bonding for maximum effect. We’ll need to whiten your teeth first so we can accurately match your composite to the colour of your smile.
Is composite bonding a good way to align teeth?
If your teeth are crowded and overlap, it’s unlikely that bonding alone will help. If you have gaps, misshapen teeth or vertical discrepancies, bonding could offer a quick and affordable alternative to Invisalign or braces.
Depending on how many teeth we’re treating, bonding is often cheaper than orthodontic treatment. However, if you want to maintain your results, you’ll need repeat treatments, so the lifetime cost is likely to be higher.
One of the big benefits of bonding compared to braces is how quickly you’ll see results. We can change your smile in one appointment with no pain or downtime.
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Composite bonding vs braces
If you’re suitable for bonding and braces, our team will talk to you about the pros and cons of both options.
Braces have the significant benefit of providing long-lasting results. If you wear your retainers, your new smile can last a lifetime.
Some patients follow up braces with bonding and teeth whitening for an incredible outcome to rival veneers.
If you’re worried about how fixed braces will look and impact daily life, we can use clear aligners to straighten your teeth. Invisalign is virtually invisible, and you can take your aligners out to eat, drink and clean your teeth.
If you want something even more discreet, we can attach your braces behind your teeth. Incognito lingual braces work just like traditional fixed braces, but they’re essentially invisible.
Before you start your treatment, we’ll show you a 3D treatment plan, so you can see how your teeth will move and your all-important final smile.
Discuss your options with an expert
If you’d like to explore your options with an expert, come and meet us for a free consultation in London.
Your no-obligation appointment will include a gentle examination, scans and photos of your teeth and time to ask us all your questions.
We’ll explain your treatment options and give you a personalised quote, including your low-deposit and interest-free payment options.