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Our guide to composite bonding: Price, benefits, process & more

Composite bonding has seriously grown in popularity over the past few years, especially with the rise of social media and an increasing number of influencers and celebrities flaunting their new set of pearly whites.

It’s easy to see why so many UK patients are flocking to dental clinics around the country to beautify their smile with this fantastic, minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Composite bonding is one of the most convenient ways to completely transform your smile with the least amount of downtime, disruption, and expenditure.

However, composite bonding isn’t suitable for every patient who wants to achieve their dream smile. So, our dentists have put together this complete guide to composite bonding to help you figure out whether this is the right cosmetic dental treatment for you.

Below you’ll find our answers to the most common questions our patients ask when it comes to composite bonding. We hope by the end of this guide, you’ll have all the information you need to make a decision!

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that applies a composite resin of your chosen shade to your teeth, moulding it to fill in gaps, reshape your teeth, and create a whiter smile.

Once your dentist applies the composite resin to your teeth, they will use a curing light to harden it. Then they’ll trim, shape, and polish the resin with a special tool for a smooth, shiny finish that blends seamlessly with your smile.

When the composite resin covers just the bottoms or edges, it is called “composite edge bonding”. When the composite resin covers the whole tooth (like a false nail), it is called a “composite veneer”

What can composite bonding do for my smile?

Composite bonding is a versatile procedure used in many circumstances to transform your entire smile or correct minor imperfections.

Composite bonding is perfect for:

  • Repairing minor damage to teeth, like chips and cracks
  • Filling gaps between teeth to close or narrow them
  • Reshaping uneven edges or bumpy areas of teeth
  • Fixing tooth discolouration or stained areas
  • Replacing metal fillings for an undetectable result

What are the benefits of composite bonding?

When compared to other cosmetic dentistry treatments, composite bonding has its own set of unique benefits. Learn more about them below.

Minimally invasive

As your dentist adds the composite bonding to your teeth, there’s often no need for any drilling or removal of your natural tooth. It doesn’t damage your natural smile, unlike dental crowns or veneers.


Composite bonding can transform your smile in as little as a single visit to your dentist! It’s a fast treatment option that can completely transform not only your smile, but your confidence too!


Though much-loved by celebrities, composite bonding is much more affordable than similar treatments, such as veneers, making it more financially accessible to the average patient.


Composite bonding creates a strong layer over your natural teeth and can help to provide a barrier that protects them from staining, decay, damage, chips, and cracks. This is super important as we’re all living longer and we expect to keep our teeth for longer. It is better to wear down the protective composite resin (which we can easily replace) rather than your precious natural enamel, which doesn’t grow back.


If you combine composite bonding treatment with tooth whitening, you can often achieve a smile that looks completely different but still beautifully natural and subtle.

How long does composite bonding last?

Much like your natural teeth, composite bonding is subject to wear and tear over time. Usually, composite bonding will last for 5 to 7 years, though this will depend on factors such as your diet as well as certain habits and behaviours.

For example, if you often eat hard foods or clench and grind your teeth in your sleep, it’s reasonable to expect composite bonding to need attention a little sooner. However, the plus side of this is that composite bonding is easy to repair and replace when necessary!

How does composite bonding compare with veneers?

Though people often compare porcelain veneers with composite bonding as the final result is fairly similar, they are two very different cosmetic treatments. Here are some of the key differences between them.

Composite (edge) bonding doesn’t alter natural teeth

Unlike veneers, composite bonding generally doesn’t require any shaving or drilling of the natural teeth to make room for them. They are placed around your existing teeth, rather than shaving them down to cover them. replacing parts of them.

Both composite and porcelain veneers may need a bit of shaving to accommodate the thickness of the material.

Composite bonding isn’t a permanent treatment

Veneers are a permanent cosmetic dental procedure because once you remove parts of your teeth to accommodate them, you will always need veneers or crowns to replace teeth that fall out or get damaged.

Composite bonding is less durable than veneers

While composite bonding creates a strong, protective layer over your teeth, they are less durable than more long-lasting porcelain veneers. Just like your natural teeth, they can get stained, chipped, or damaged over time.

Composite bonding is faster than veneers

Composite bonding is a minimally invasive option when compared to veneers. It requires very little preparation, and your dentist can typically complete the procedure in just a few hours. In comparison, the veneer process can take a few weeks or even months.

How much does composite bonding cost?

As with any cosmetic procedure, the price can vary between dentists depending on their experience, quality, and location.

To give you a general idea of the cost of composite bonding however, prices vary from £250 – £450 per tooth. In comparison, porcelain veneers typically cost approximately £900 per tooth, making composite bonding a more cost-effective option.

Interested in composite bonding? Talk to our cosmetic dentists today!

If you want to learn how composite bonding can transform your smile from just £250 per tooth, why not talk to our cosmetic dentists at Dickens Yard Dental?

Our dentists are full members of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). This means they’re passionate about cosmetic dentistry and experts at providing composite bonding as part of the education supported by the Academy.

At Dickens Yard Dental, we’re in the business of transforming smiles (and confidence) by delivering premium cosmetic dentistry services with impeccable results. From teeth whitening to porcelain veneers, our dentists create smiles so good, you’ll never want to hide it again!

Oh, and did we mention we are nervous-patient proof? Everything from our friendly approach to our relaxing, modern clinic in Ealing, London will instantly put you at ease, no matter the treatment. Book a treatment or chat with us today to get started.

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