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What You Need to Know About Cosmetic Bonding

31 March,2019

What You Need to Know About Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic Bonding – a Cost-Effective Option to Improve Your Smile

Cosmetic bonding can greatly alter the appearance of your teeth in one simple visit to the dentist's office. Cosmetic bonding involves the application of a dental composite resin to the teeth. It can be used to treat a host of different tooth problems like discolouration, gaps in the teeth, chipped teeth and uneven teeth. It’s equally helpful for patients suffering from gum recession as it can cleverly conceal exposed parts of the tooth that are otherwise protected by the gum. Dentists also prefer using composite resin instead of amalgam if it aesthetically benefits the patient.

Amalgam vs. Composite Resin – Which One Should You Choose?

Amalgam fillings, also commonly known as silver fillings, are cheaper than plastic resin fillings. They're also longer lasting than composite resins so they're preferred when there's a big area that needs to be filled. Composite resins may be more expensive than amalgams but they leave you with a natural tooth-coloured finish, making them the perfect choice for teeth that are easily visible or located in the front of the mouth.

Composite vs. Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain fillings are more expensive than composite fillings. Their cost can almost be compared to that of long-lasting gold fillings. A porcelain inlay is not generally moulded in a dental clinic. It's customised and produced in a lab setting and usually works like a crown to cover almost the whole tooth.

Depending on the dental issue you’re facing, the dentist will have to choose a filling best suited to your condition. If it's a minor chip or discolouration, composite resin is the best choice for you. Composites last you anywhere from 5 to10 years and need to be checked for wear during routine tooth examinations.

How is Dental Bonding Performed?

After a thorough oral check-up the dentist will use a tool to roughen the surface of the tooth that needs to be fixed. After this, a conditioning liquid is applied to the affected area. Composite resin is then placed over the surface of the tooth. It's moulded and later hardened with the help of UV light. Lastly, the dentist shapes the material and polishes it, until the patient is left with a perfectly natural looking tooth.

Composite resins can get stained with the consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol. Make sure you practice proper oral hygiene after the procedure and get your teeth cleaned twice a year.

Dental on Clarendon boasts of dentists with more than 2 decades of experience in cosmetic dentistry. We can get your teeth contoured, whitened and perfectly aligned so you can face the world with confidence.

To find out more about the cosmetic dentistry services we provide, visit us online or call us at 03 9690 3285.


Urgent update for all our patients

As you are aware, the coronavirus is having a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of people across the globe.
Effective Immediately: As an essential service, Dental On Clarendon will be open for extreme emergency appointments ONLY for the next 6 weeks.
As directed by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), dentists can only restrict treatment to urgent or emergency care only. 
The ADA defines this as:
  • Severe toothache pain (on a pain scale of 1 to 10, a 5 or more that has lasted more than 24 hours)
  •  New or recent swelling of your gums or face (within the past three to seven days)
  • Bleeding in your mouth that does not stop following tooth extraction or gum surgery
  • Tooth infection
  • Recent trauma, such as a broken tooth causing pain
We are offering Teledentistry calls and a $50 fee will be charged, for a call with our dentist.
If you are a current patient at Dental On Clarendon please call us on 96903285 and we will attend to your call as soon as possible.
For all our patients that have appointments during this time, you will be contacted prior to reopening to reschedule with us. 
We thank our loyal patients for their understanding during this difficult time, and we will be in contact with you upon our re-opening.
Wishing everyone the best of health – stay safe! 
The team at Dental On Clarendon