Invisalign® straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you.
These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.
Treatment at a Glance
Average treatment time per tooth.
1 - 2 visits required for immediate results
average lifespan of 5-10 years
You’ll receive a series of custom-made aligners to wear every day and change at home – on average every 1-2 weeks.
You’ll visit your dentist around every 6-8 weeks to monitor progress and receive new aligners. After finishing your treatment plan, retainers will be required to maintain your
RISKS: Chipping, breaks, staining.
ANAESTHETIC: Not usually required
DURATION OF RESULTS: Composite bonding is considered to be a permanent restoration of the teeth, however the longevity of the treatment can vary from person to person. Good oral hygiene and regular care will ensure the best longevity of the material. Average lifespan is 5-10 years, with maintainance occasionaly required.
Covers a section of the tooth
Usually applied for small chips or detail
Allows maintenance of natural tooth
List of Features
Usually applied for better aesthetics
Covers poor enamel or dark teeth
More About This treatment
Composite is a dental resin that can be bonded to the teeth and is most commonly used for “white fillings.” An extremley versatile material, composite can be bonded to the front teeth to enhance the appearence of the teeth and is often used to close gaps, add length to worn teeth, and change the shape and alignment of the front teeth. This process is commonly referred to as composite bonding, or dental bonding. Occassionaly, the whole visible tooth surface may be covered by the composite, in such cases it is usually referred to as composite veneers.
After composite bonding treatment, extra care should be taken to maintain a meticulous oral hygeine regieme as recommended by your dentist. Although composite is a strong material, avoid habits such as opening bottles or packets with the teeth, nail or pen biting. Patients who clench or grind their teeth may also be recommended to wear an occlusal applaince such as a night guard. As always, regualr dental check-ups are advised twice per year, along side hygienist appoints. During these visits the dentist will screen the composite work and carry out any required maintainance such as polishing.
Does composite bonding require the teeth to be filed down or damaged?
It is not common practice for the teeth to be filed before composite bonding. Normally, composite is an additive only procedure meaning that the teeth remain untouched below. However, the bond is a permanent one and for this reason the tooth surface many never be exactly as it once was.
Composite can be removed carefully without damage to the underlying tooth.
What exactly is composite bonding and how will it improve my smile?
Composite is a dental material that we can “bond” to the natural teeth. It has many purposes, usually to cosmetically improve the appearance of the teeth by adding length, fixing chips, closing gaps or masking dark teeth. It’s become very popular as a treatment for improving the smile as it does not ordinarily involve any filing of the teeth and is cost effective in comparison to porcelain veneers for example.
How long does a composite bonding appointment take?
The process starts with a consultation of course, where we will assess your dental health and suitability for the treatment. All being well, a treatment plan will be provided which usually consist of tooth whiting first to maximise the natural tooth shade before a single appointment for composite bonding which typically lasts 2-3 hours.
How long does composite bonding last?
Composite bonding is considered to be a permanent restoration of the teeth, however the longevity of the treatment can vary from person to person. Good oral hygiene and regular care will ensure the best longevity of the material. Average lifespan is 5-10 years, with maintainance occasionaly required.
I have a badly chipped front tooth - can this be fixed with composite bonding?
Again, composite is great for fixing even just a single tooth which has chipped or fractured, you don’t necessarily need to have multiple teeth treated.
How much does composite bonding cost and can I pay in instalments?
You can usually expect to pay around £2-300 per tooth. We can of course add this to a payment plan for you to pay in manageable bite sized instalments every month.