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Alternatives to composite bonding

2 June 2022


Imperfections in your smile can take a toll on your self-esteem, meaning you may not feel confident laughing, smiling or showing your teeth. However, there are a variety of dental procedures that are able to fix or transform these issues and create the smile you’ve always wanted.

In this blog, we will discuss the alternatives to composite bonding and what other options are available. With a variety of composite dental procedures available, you can find one that suits you and your desired outcome.

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a non-invasive and simple procedure that can enhance your natural teeth greatly. Using colour-matched resin that is applied to your natural tooth enamel, you can fix and alter a multitude of dental imperfections.

What to expect with treatment

Composite bonding is a quick and non-invasive procedure. Firstly, you will have your natural teeth colour-matched to a wide selection of resins. Then, the surface of your natural teeth will be prepped before a liquid is applied that helps the resin stick. The resin is then applied to your natural tooth and moulded by the dentist to reach your desired outcome. Finally, your dentist will use an ultraviolet light to set and harden the resin.

Why do people get composite bonding treatment?

There are a variety of reasons why someone may choose to get composite bonding. Some of these reasons include:

  • To restore a chipped tooth
  • To repair a broken tooth
  • To get rid of toot

How much does composite bonding cost?

The price of composite bonding varies depending on a number of factors. Composite bonding is not available on the NHS, so it can vary depending on each individual dental practice. The price can vary anywhere from £90 to £200 per tooth. If you want to learn more about the cost of composite bonding, check out our blog here.

What are the alternatives to composite bonding?

There are many alternative dental procedures that can be considered outside of just composite bonding. Some patients may feel as though the shorter lifespan of composite bonding won’t work for them. Discover a variety of alternatives to composite bonding below to make an informed decision:


One alternative to composite bonding is dental implants. Dental implants are much more permanent than regular composite bonding because they require surgery to be fixed on your jawbone. If you’re looking for an extremely long-lasting procedure, this is a great option as the implant will stay fixed and not move when eating, laughing or talking. Dental implants are more expensive than composite bonding, due to their permanent nature and more invasive procedure.


Porcelain veneers are another very popular dental procedure that is used to restore teeth for composite and health reasons. The procedure of porcelain veneers is when a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ or ‘cover’ is placed over the entire surface of your natural tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are extremely long-lasting so can be attractive to patients looking for a procedure with a long life span. However, porcelain veneers typically require a lot more prep to the natural teeth- making them a permanent procedure, unlike composite bonding.


Temporary veneers offer patients a more simple, non-invasive procedure which is more similar to composite bonding. They are made using resin into pre-picked shapes which are then bonded to your natural teeth. This procedure is non-invasive as there is no drilling, surgery or needles needed throughout the process. The temporary veneers are bonded to your teeth as a fix until the permanent option is available.


Dental crowns are a good alternative for patients with extreme decay or damage to their teeth that composite bonding can’t fix. A dental crown is a colour-matched cap that is placed over the top of your natural tooth or teeth to restore them. This method of dental reconstruction is best used as a permanent solution to severe damage, which is something composite bonding is not necessarily the best at. Dental crowns are also much more expensive than composite bonding as they restore broken, damaged and decayed teeth permanently.

If you wish to learn more about alternative methods to composite bonding, discover our blog that discusses the differences between veneers and composite bonding here.

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