Can composite bonding be whitened? - LCCD

Can Composite Bonding Be Whitened?

January 16, 2024

If your smile is looking a bit yellow or you are considering composite bonding as a long-term solution to whiter teeth, you may be wondering if composite bonding is suitable for whitening. 

As well as improving the aesthetics of your smile, white teeth can actually help in all areas of your life, giving you increased chances of success at work and in romantic relationships and making you more approachable. 

So, why not consider whitening composite bonding and revolutionising your smile?

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a non-invasive and fast treatment that can change the shape and colour of structurally healthy, but unattractive teeth. 

It can be used to cover:

  • Unsightly gaps between teeth 
  • Chipped or broken teeth 
  • Small cracks 
  • Uneven edges along your teeth
  • Stained or discoloured teeth 

Simply by applying and shaping a specialist bonding resin, that is then hardened into place with a UV light. 

Most sessions can be completed in as little as an hour and results can last for up to 8 years if cared for properly. 


Can composite bonding be whitened? - LCCD


Is whitening composite bonding possible?

It is possible to whiten bonded teeth, so if your composite bonding no longer matches your whitened natural teeth, you can take action. 

However, it does depend on which materials your dentist used when they applied composite bonding to your teeth, as this can affect the whitening technique that needs to be used. 

Whitening resin-bonded teeth 

If your dentist has used resin-based composite, most at-home whitening kits will be suitable for you. 

Our at-home whitening kits are from Opalescence Go and can deliver amazing results with safe levels of whitening chemicals and a well-fitting whitening tray. 

It also comes with a top-up gel that can continue to boost your results or help you maintain your white smile. 

You can also try whitening strips and toothpastes, but the results that come from these methods can be less reliable and might not last for as long. 

It is also important to note that these products must be purchased from a reputable seller, like a dentist, to ensure they are safe for use. 

Whitening porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns

If your veneers are crafted from porcelain or you have ceramic crowns, at-home whitening will not be suitable, so you will need to opt for in-chair dentist-led whitening treatments. 

At The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer the Nu Radiance Duet system for whitening, which offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Added xylitol for cavity protection 
  • Fast whitening results 
  • Safe, reliable, and effective results 
  • Very little tooth sensitivity – making it suitable for patients with tooth sensitivity 

In-chair whitening can offer more effective results and can have a better chance of matching the shade of veneers or crowns to your natural teeth, helping them to blend in better. 

How to avoid whitening composite bonding? 

If you would like to avoid further whitening treatments after you have undergone composite bonding, there are a few things you can do that can help. These include:

  • Whiten your natural teeth before you have your composite bonding. 
  • Stop smoking. 
  • Ensure you brush twice daily and floss once a day. 
  • Limit staining foods and drinks, including tea, coffee, and red wines, as well as common foods like tomato-based sauces, curries, beetroot, brightly coloured fruits, and dressings like soy sauce or balsamic vinegar. 
  • Brush your teeth or use xylitol-containing chewing gum and drink plenty of water to rinse the mouth after eating and drinking. 
  • Visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly. 


For help with tooth whitening, reach out to LCCD

With decades of experience in smile makeovers and tooth whitening, Dr Druian and his team can work with you to help with whitening composite bonding or even your natural teeth.  

With our range of whitening treatments, we are sure to have an option that will be effective and safe for your smile.  

For more information or to book an appointment, fill in our contact form or give us a call on 0207 722 1235 and a member of our friendly, helpful team will be in touch as soon as we can.