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Composite fillings are now the preferred alternative to alloy-based materials. More and more patients are refusing to have any new metallic fillings; some are even asking for their old amalgam ones to be replaced with more aesthetic materials. Composite materials continue to improve steadily, and bonding techniques even more so; this means we can offer our patients dependable, good-looking restorations which last a considerable time – provided certain conditions are met: the right choice of composite, a layering technique which allows guided shrinkage on curing (polymerization), minimum curing stress, proper rebuilding of the contact point and the correct occlusal anatomy.