The Sandstone Dental Practice

Veneers & Composite Bonding

Composite Bonding Specialists in Merseyside

Composite bonding is a relatively straightforward and more affordable way to get the smile of your dreams.

Composite bonding, or dental bonding, is an artistic process, where a skilled dentist layers a resin-glass material on the surfaces of your teeth.

Teeth which are discoloured, worn, rotated, spaced and chipped, can be transformed and protected with this process, often with no removal of healthy enamel.

Composite edge bonding – covers the very tips of your teeth.

Composite veneer bonding – covers the whole front surface of your teeth.

An Accessible & Affordable Treatment

Even if you have crooked teeth, or teeth that aren’t perfectly aligned, this could be an option for you and can often produce a better result than braces, in a fraction of the time. However, if you have significant misalignment, then you may need your teeth straightened before undergoing this treatment. Most people will be eligible for composite bonding, although it’s worth remembering that red wine, tea, coffee and smoking can lead to staining of the composite as well as enamel and dentine so you may need to alter your lifestyle if you feel it’s for you, or see a hygienist for cosmetic cleaning more often.

Composite Edge Bonding or Composite Veneers?

Composite edge bonding is ideal for teeth which are already well aligned, and need minor enhancements. It covers just the tips of the teeth, and can be whitened in the future as the colour is partly inherited from the underlying tooth. It is easier to repair and remove in the future, but not as strong. Composite Veneers cover the whole front surface of the tooth, and therefore can improve volume, gaps, colour, shape and mask rotations. It is strong than edge bonding, but more difficult to remove and replace. Whitening afterwards will only prevent staining.


No is the simple answer, composite bonding is non-invasive and pain free, often with no-needles. Your teeth won’t need to be drilled or shaved down to leave little stumps or peg like teeth, which keeps treatment time and cost to a minimum.
We will discuss your desired outcome at your initial consultation. If composite edge bonding is the right path for you then we will choose a colour that matches your natural teeth for a more natural looking and subtle finish. Because composite veneers cover the whole tooth, you can choose to brighten your smile if you wish. Both treatments can be undertaken alongside whitening to lighten your teeth so an overall improvement can be made to the appearance of your smile
Composite bonding can be removed, but we recommend it is done by a highly experienced clinician to ensure the underlying tooth is not damaged through the procedure.
As long as you follow some basic dental hygiene rules after treatment, and are careful with hard foods, your composite bonding should last, on average, between 5 and 7 years. We usually recommend a nightguard after treatment to protect your teeth from night-time grinding. This is less than porcelain veneers (10-15 years), however the upfront cost is less and you won’t have suffered any damage or loss to your natural teeth should you decide you wish to go remove your composite in the future.
Yes! In fact we recommend an electric brush and daily interdental cleaning to optimise the lifespan of your Composites. We will provide bespoke education to your individual needs after treatment.
Yes, along with brushing regularly, you should floss with floss or an interdental brush at least once a day.
We want your new smile to last as long as possible, so we advise against chewing or biting extremely hard foods such as ice or boiled sweets. Tea, coffee, red wine and cigarettes can also stain your new teeth, so we recommend cutting back or cutting them out if possible. They should be avoided completely for at least 7 days after treatment. Also take care not to chew on things like pen lids and if you’re prone to grinding your teeth then your Dentist may recommend a mouth guard or retainer to help protect your teeth.
In some cases, porcelain veneers may be the more suitable option for you, however there are some noticeable differences between treatments. While porcelain veneers typically do last longer (between 10 and 15 years if cared for properly) they are significantly more expensive than composite bonding and you will need to spend more time in the dentist’s chair undergoing treatment. Porcelain veneers and crowns are also more invasive treatments that will require some preparation of tooth, meaning they aren’t reversible should you wish to go back to your natural smile in the future. Composite can be repaired more easily than porcelain due to the very brittle nature of the material so sometimes composite offers advantages in terms of wear and tear. Your Dentist will discuss the pros and cons of the options available to you to help you.