Cosmetic Bonding

Just because you don’t have the smile of your dreams, doesn’t mean you can’t have it.

Cosmetic bonding, or composite bonding, is a natural, minimally-invasive and cost-effective technique used to improve the appearance of your teeth and your overall smile.

The world of cosmetic dentistry is constantly evolving, with the focus shifting to minimally-invasive treatments and the preservation of tooth structure. Composite bonding is at the forefront of this revolution as it can transform the appearance, shape, shade and the colour of teeth on the same day, with the minimum amount of alteration made to the fundamental make-up of your teeth. It involves shaping small amounts of composite (resin-based material) and placing these on the tooth surface to improve shape and give you your dream smile.

Composite – the tooth-coloured filling material

Bonding – the mechanical process whereby the material is attached to the teeth

Improving the cosmetic appearance of teeth can be achieved in a variety of ways. Quite often this can be through orthodontics to improve the position of teeth. Teeth can also vary in shape, size and colour, due to the way they have developed, dental trauma, or from the cracks, chips and stains that can accumulate with the general wear and tear of life.

Composite bonding

Composite bonding can address virtually all of these problems by adding a tooth-coloured filling material and “bonding” it to the natural tooth. This material is hand-sculpted by the dentist to a desired shape to create a natural-looking grin. A wide variety of shades are available to ensure the colour matches perfectly.

The main benefits are:

  • No needles or injections
  • No drilling of the natural tooth structure
  • The procedure is reversible
  • Same day result

Composite bonding vs Composite veneers

Composite bonding is usually reserved for situations where small chips require repair. Subtle changes to the tooth’s shape and length can also be made. Composite veneers, on the other hand, work by covering the complete front surface of the tooth, enabling larger changes in shape and form. Usually, four to six composite veneers are done to the front teeth for a same-day smile makeover.

Both are great options if you are looking for a fast and gentle way to get the perfect smile.

Composite bonding can be used to correct

  • Chips
  • Discolouration
  • Spacing irregularities


Composite tooth-coloured filling material, like any other dental material, will deteriorate with time. As a result, the solution isn’t as permanent as other restoration techniques like veneers or crowns. However, with good personal care they can maintain their appearance for years.

Composite bonding vs porcelain veneers

Composite bonding is a single-session treatment which is perfect for correcting smaller imperfections, chips, cracks and minor spacing between the teeth.

Veneers, by contrast, are lab-made, ultra-thin sheets of ceramic material shaped to fit onto the teeth. They usually require some removal of the tooth structure to create enough space for the veneer to attach. They are normally recommended for larger imperfections of the teeth and as they are lab made, are more costly than composite bonding.

The procedure

At the Windmill Dental Practice we use rubber dam isolation for all our adhesive procedures. The tooth/teeth are isolated with a rubber dam, the tooth surface is thoroughly cleaned and then prepared with a gel that roughens the surface microscopically. The putty-like composite resin material is then applied using special instruments and brushes to sculpt to the desired shape, often in several layers. Using a special light, the material is then hardened. Further layers can then be added accordingly. The procedure is then completed with smoothing of the tooth surface and polishing.


The BioClear (Clark) matrix system which uses uniquely shaped plastic templates with flowable composite that can be moulded around your teeth, closing black triangles and restoring your attractive smile.

Composite Bonding Prices

Composite Bonding – from £250 per tooth

(Practice Plan patients will receive a 20% discount for any additional hygiene appointments that fall outside those within their initial plan and we do offer 0% finance for treatments over £1000 to help spread the cost).