Wednesday, 11 July 2018

MY TEETH TRANSFORMATION | COSMETIC DENTISTRY: GETTING RID OF MY GAPS WITH COMPOSITE BONDING (NO VENEERS!)


Getting rid of the gaps in my teeth was something I've wanted to do since I had my braces off in the Autumn of 2013.

Why Braces Didn't (100%) Work For Me

My teeth are super stubborn and no matter how many painful nights I endured wearing my retainers, they always seemed to want to move back to where they wanted to be. From the start of the day to the end of the day there was a noticeable difference in the formation of my teeth which made putting my retainers back in quite tough as they never wanted to slot in to the plastic mould without a fight.

On many an occasion I would wake up in the morning without my retainers in, I soon realised it was because I was subconciously pulling them out in my sleep. I just didn't like the achy pain of my teeth repositioning every night.

I did need braces to sort an unruly tooth out on my lower jaw line (which was resolved) but I couldn't help but feel like the 18 month process was a complete waste of time.

My Orthodontist pretty much just told me I would have to wear these retainers for the foreseeable future. Considering my teeth wouldn't even stay put for an hour, I definitely couldn't see my myself sticking it out for next 10 or even 20 years of my life like I had been told I had to.

After a good couple of years of playing the retainer game the plastic started to crack from all the pressure and eventually snapped. It would've cost over £100 to get a new pair of retainers and by the time I could get another appointment my teeth would've shifted back to where I didn't want them to be. This means I would've ended up with retainers to fit my gaps so it would've been counterproductive.

Getting Rid Of My Gaps

I just wanted to point out that I am by no means saying there's anything wrong with having a gap in your teeth, I just wanted to get rid of mine for now. In this post I thought I'd talk you through what I had done to improve my teeth and let you know the option is out there if you're looking to get something similar done.

The technical term for this process is 'Composite Bonding' and it is a form of Cosmetic Dentistry. I just want to point out that since my gaps have been concealed I do feel so much more confident and a lot less self conscious about my mouth.

I checked my dental records and my Dentist and I talked about Composite Bonding in 2015, that's 3 whole years of me procrastinating for absolutely no reason. I have decided that 2018 is the year I get things done and change things that I'm not happy with.

What is Composite Bonding?

Composite Bonding is the process of applying a dental material, composite resin, to your teeth. The resin is then shaped & moulded and improves what you've already got. This process is a particularly good cosmetic solution for gaps, chips or if your teeth as not as white as you want them to be. Composite Bonding can fix smaller problems and is done tooth by tooth.

This process is extremely quick and I was in and out with Composite Bonding in about 45 minutes. I was & still am, thrilled with the results. I did go back a couple of weeks later for a follow up appointment so my dentist could double check that I was happy with the shape, this also gave her a chance to tweak anything before finishing up.

Straight after you've had your teeth done you are told to avoid anything that may stain your teeth like tomato ketchup, sauces, curry etc & to only drink tea or coffee through a straw for the first week or so.

Composite Bonding VS Porcelain Veneers 

I knew I was never going to go for something like Veneers, especially not at 22. I've always looked after my teeth and had the importance of regular visits to the dentists drilled into me since a very young age.

I also didn't like the idea of something so irreversible that could cause so much damage to something I've looked after so well. Not to mention Veneers would have cost me an absolute bomb. Not only is Composite Bonding a fraction of the price of Veneers it's super quick, pain free and it's reversible too. Veneers are a much more involved procedure and can take up to three weeks to complete but with Composite Bonding you're pretty much in an out within the hour.

Unlike Veneers, the Composite Bonding process doesn't damage the existing tooth which is perfect and there is also no drilling or filing involved either so it's pain free. Composite Bonding isn't as permanent as Veneers, the process usually lasts around 10 years depending on how well you look after your teeth and how good your Dentist is. 10 years is still a long time and my teeth are something I will continue to invest in so I'll just have them done again if I decide I want to.

I do like the fact that it's not a life time fix and it is reversible to give you a chance to trial the new look out. If you do change your mind your teeth won't you have suffered when the composite resin is removed so you're not left with any short term or long term damage.

How Much Does It Cost?

I had six of my front teeth bonded together and it is priced up per tooth. It cost me £240 in total which would've worked out at £40 per tooth so I think that is really good. It would've cost me thousands for Veneers and for all the risks they come with it just wasn't worth it for me, especially not in my twenties anyway.

If you are from the Warwickshire area I went to Euston Place in Leamington Spa for my Composite Bonding and I cannot recommend them enough. I would always say go to a proper Dentist so you know what you're getting; It's so much safer and they will always put your dental health first.

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I am now four months down the line from when I first had my teeth done and I'm still very happy with how they look. I feel like I've finally got the teeth I've wanted for years! I'm all for doing things that makes you happy and it has helped with my confidence so much.

I hope this post has been of some help!

Thank you for reading.
Until next time,
A x
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