Pros and Cons of Composite Bonding – Complete Guide

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Dental restoration techniques have come a long way over the years. From fillings to crowns, veneers, and dental implants, there are a lot of innovative treatments that you can go for, to restore the natural look of your teeth. 

Composite bonding is one of the most popular dental restoration treatment options that you can go for, to restore the natural outlook of your teeth. 

Composite bonding is an inexpensive yet durable alternative to the more expensive dental restoration techniques. And it’s also quite non-invasive. 

Along with being affordable, composite bonding is also a much faster procedure than standard dental restoration treatments. 

In this article, we are going to walk you through everything you need to know about composite bonding including the benefits, disadvantages, and the composite bonding process. 

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What is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that is widely used for dental restoration purposes all around the globe. This treatment works by building up layers of composite resin to facilitate small cosmetic changes to the teeth. 

Composite bonding is also known as dental bonding, or simply teeth bonding. 

Composite bonding is primarily used to restore or improve teeth that have minor damage or blemishes. One of the main reasons behind the popularity of this dental treatment is that it is a single visit to the dentist. 

What Dental Problems Can the Composite Bonding Fix?

Here are some of the most common dental problems that can be fixed with composite bonding:

  • Uneven teeth 
  • Teeth discolouration
  • Worn out enamel
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth alignment issues
  • Finished touches after an intensive orthodontic treatment

Pros & Cons of Composite Bonding

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Here are some of the reasons why composite bonding is recommended for dental restoration purposes:

Natural Looking Results

Composite bonding gives results that match the reflective properties of the real teeth enamel. The composite resin material being used for composite bonding is carefully applied in the form of layers till it matches the outlook of your teeth. 

Less Invasive Than Veneer Treatment

Composite bonding is a lot less invasive than the veneer treatment. Although composite bonding requires the removal of a small amount of enamel, the removal is way less than what is required for the veneer dental restoration method. 

The Process is Fast

You don’t need a follow-up appointment for composite bonding. It is a completely safe process, and you can have it done on your teeth in as little as one hour. The point is, you can get the composite bonding treatment in a single visit, which is not the case for most dental restoration techniques. 


Composite bonding is a lot more cost-effective than veneer and other counterparts. Although veneers offer more durability, they cost way more than composite bonding. 

Easy Aftercare

You can brush and floss the teeth with composite bonding treatment done on them, without any issues. The bonding material is capable of withstanding normal wear and tear. 


Less Durable Than Veneers

The durability of composite bonding is not as great as that of veneers or crowns. But still, composite bonding can last for up to 10 years. After that, you can get it redone, as per your preference. 

Prone to Stains

Composite bonding is not stain-resistant. If you want your teeth to maintain their natural look, you’d need to be careful with your dietary habits and strict with your dental care routine. 

Prone to Damage

Composite bonding is prone to easy damage, as compared with other dental treatments. You need to avoid doing anything that might promote fast damage such as chewing pencils and fingernails, etc. 

Finishing Quality Declines with Time

The composite bonding resin wears down with time. As the resin materials wear off, the difference between the restored teeth and the natural tooth starts becoming obvious. 

How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

Composite bonding is a reliable dental restoration technique, and the restored teeth can maintain their natural look for about 3 to 10 years

If want the composite bonding to last for as long as possible, you need to follow a strict dental care regimen including being conscious of your dietary habits. Avoid biting your nails and make sure to wear a mouthguard if you engage in contact sports. 

Brief Overview of the Composite Bonding Process

  1. Set an appointment with your dentist to see whether your teeth are strong enough for the composite bonding treatment. 
  2. Once your dentist has established that composite bonding is the right way to go for you, they’d decide whether you need anaesthesia or not. 
  3. The next step is teeth surface preparation for the application of the composite resin. Dentists use a phosphoric material to clean the teeth and make them rough so that the resin sticks. 
  4. After that, the dentist applies the resin to the teeth and shapes it to the point where it matches the contour of your teeth structure. 
  5. Once the shape matches the contour, UV light is applied to cure the resin into a hard, tooth-like substance. 
  6. After that, the dentist uses a tool to smooth out the teeth till it looks and feels like the rest of your teeth.    


Composite bonding is a reliable dental restoration treatment that can help you restore the natural beauty of your teeth, in a fast and affordable manner. With proper care, this non-invasive dental restoration technique can deliver long-lasting results. 

Contact us at Specialist Dental Services for professional composite bonding services in London.


  1. Does composite bonding hurt?

The composite bonding process might be a little bit irritating. But it is relatively painless as compared with its counterparts.

  1. Is composite bonding a good idea?

Composite bonding is a fast and affordable alternative to standard dental restoration treatments such as veneers, and crowns. This is what makes it a good idea for you if you are looking for a less-invasive treatment. 

  1. Who Cannot have composite bonding?

People with weak teeth cannot have composite bonding. Also, if you are in the habit of clenching your teeth, nail-biting, and teeth grinding, then this treatment is not for you. 

  1. Can I remove my composite bonding?

The process of composite bonding is reversible. You can get the dental bonding removed if you feel like it is not working for you. 

Prof. Shakeel Shahdad

Shakeel is one of the leading dentists in london, Consultant and Honorary Clinical Professor at The Royal London Dental Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London. Shakeel specialises in treating patients requiring complex and advanced restorative treatment including surgical placement and restoration with dental implants.

Posted On : March 1, 2023




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