Consultant & Specialist in Restorative Dentistry & Prosthodontics +44 (0)208 464 1329

Bonding and Adhesive Dentistry

What is bonding and adhesive dentistry?

This is sometimes referred to as "adhesive dentistry".


Composite (tooth coloured material) can be bonded to natural teeth to change the shape and colour of teeth and to remove aesthetic irregularities. This is an especially valuable method of treatment in cases where tooth structure has been lost due to wear whether caused by attrition or acid erosion.


Bonding can significantly improve the appearance and function of teeth at a relatively low biological and financial cost. The main advantage of bonding is that it does not involve the destruction of the remaining sound tooth tissue. Porcelain veneering or crowning of teeth involves drilling away significant amounts of the remaining sound tooth tissue.


The bonding process involves etching the teeth and using sophisticated adhesives to bond composite directly to the teeth. The material is then sculpted to the desired shape, cured with a blue plasma light and finely polished.


Bonding can last for many years but it will need to be polished or repaired from time to time as staining or minor chipping can occur.


Adhesive dentistry can help overcome aesthetic problems of gaps between teeth, worn teeth, and teeth being the wrong shape for their current position.


Managing short eroded teeth caused by five years of bulimia

These short, sensitive teeth were bonded directly at one appointment.


Improving appearance with bleaching and bonding

The gaps between the discoloured teeth left after orthodontics were managed by bleaching and bonding.


Closing gaps with bonding

Smoking and gum disease caused this gap it was closed in one visit with direct composite bonding.


Correcting malocclusion with bleaching and bonding

The upper central incisors were missing following an accident. The upper lateral incisors were brought forward by orthodontics (fixed braces). The canines were also brought forward leaving irregular spaces which look worse against the dark background of the throat. The canines and premolar teeth were bleached. The lateral incisors were lengthened and bonded to reduce the gaps. The canines and premolars were also bonded to improve the overall appearance and to conceal the missing upper central incisors by converting the shape of the other teeth to conceal the irregularities.


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