What is composite bonding?

Composite Bonding, also known as tooth bonding or dental bonding, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. It’s performed by dentists who have received special training to restore teeth, and can change their shape, size, length and colour, as well as closing unwanted gaps.

Composite bonding is a popular alternative to traditional ceramic veneers, however, as it’s non-invasive, your natural teeth are not damaged, drilled or shaved in most cases.

How does composite bonding work?

After you’ve decided on how your new smile will look, our specially trained dentist will attach a colour-matched, composite resin to your tooth and shape it.

It’s specifically designed to look totally natural, providing a full smile makeover that’ll leave yours brighter and more harmonious.

What is the composite resin made of?

Composite is made of an aesthetic giving, high lustre resin, that includes strengthening properties like quartz or silica particles. It’s non-toxic and causes no known adverse reactions.

What are the benefits of composite bonding?


Composite bonding is completely non-invasive, meaning your natural teeth will not be harmed during treatment. The resin is strong and will be cured onto your natural teeth meaning you won’t have sensitivities or issues with eating or drinking

Colour options

You can select a resin whiter than your natural teeth to help you achieve your perfect smile. This can be further complemented by having the surrounding teeth whitened to give your smile as natural a look as possible

Teeth strengthening

Composite bonding isn’t a cosmetic-only solution: it can be great for anyone whose tooth structure has been damaged or weakened without causing further damage to the teeth.

How long does composite bonding take?

Typically, composite bonding can be applied to your teeth within a single session. There will be no drilling, injecting or anything invasive during your appointment. It is pain-free and almost always reversible.

Are there different types of composite bonding?

At Smiles and Smiles, we offer two kinds of composite bonding: freehand and digital. Whichever you opt for, both treatments are carried out by a highly skilled and specially trained dentist who works in cosmetic dentistry, so will work very closely with you to ensure you are both in agreement regarding exactly what you want your new smile to look like.

What is freehand composite bonding?

This is the more traditional composite bonding method, during which a skilled dentist will apply resin directly to your teeth to fill chips, gaps, smooth edges & ridges and to improve the colour of your teeth.

The dentist will show their work as they go and you can look in the mirror every step of the way.

What is digital composite bonding?

Digital composite bonding is the most modern method for creating your perfect smile.

A digital scan is taken of your teeth and 3D printing technology is used to map out the resin on a computer. You are able to see what your smile will look like before any resin is applied to your teeth.

Can you whiten composite bonding?

No, you can’t whiten composite bonding. Hydrogen peroxide, the bleaching agent used in teeth whitening, can only be applied to your natural teeth. As composite bonding is a layer applied to your natural teeth, you might consider having your teeth whitened first, or having your bottom teeth whitened if you are only having composite bonding applied to your upper teeth. Both of these steps are very popular with other composite bonding patients.

To learn more about your options, you should book a call with one of our expert Treatment Advisors, who will discuss composite bonding, and more, and get you booked in for an in-person consultation.

Is it safe if I am pregnant?

Composite Bonding is perfectly safe during your pregnancy. You’ll need to be lying down for the length of the procedure, so we encourage you to think about whether that’s something you’ll be comfortable with before booking in.