How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
Dental bonding is an easy and cost-effective procedure that can be used to treat a number of oral health issues. You may be wondering, if the procedure is so simple and affordable, how long can the results really last? If your dentist has recently recommended dental bonding treatment and you are trying to decide if it is right for you, you should do a bit of research. Here is more information about dental bonding and what to expect from the procedure results.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure where a composite putty material or an adhesive is applied directly to the teeth. The treatment is a common approach to repairing cracks, chips, gaps, or to attach crowns or veneers. The two types of dental bonding are:
Composite Dental Bonding: A tooth-colored putty is applied to the teeth and sculpted and shaped to reach a desired appearance. Composite bonding can be used to fill gaps, cracks, or repair chips in the teeth. Composite bonding is commonly performed in combination with other dental procedures.
Adhesive Bonding: An adhesive material is applied to the teeth to secure a dental prosthetic, such as a dental veneer or crown.
How long a dental bonding treatment lasts will depend on the dental bonding approach used and the patient’s hygiene and dental care. Composite bonding repairs are more affordable and quicker, but adhesive bonding repairs are stronger and likely to last longer if a veneer or prosthetic are attached to the teeth. Both composite and adhesive bonding are generally expected to last up to 10 years on average. Even if composite bonding is not expected to last as long, there are ways to help composite bonding repairs to last longer. Here are a few tips on ways to help bonding repairs last longer:
* Practice good oral hygiene and taking good care of your teeth, including daily brushing and flossing.
* Avoid chewing hard candy, ice cubes, pen caps or any other hard materials.
* Be aware of which teeth are treated and be cautious of these teeth. Bonding on the front teeth is more vulnerable to chipping and damage then bonding in the back of the mouth. In general, it is good to remember that bonding repairs are not as strong as the natural teeth.
After Dental Bonding Procedure
Bonding repairs are the most vulnerable in the first few days after the procedure. Once the bonding treatment is complete, any habits that could potentially damage the new bonding should be avoided. Opening packaging with teeth, chewing on pen caps, and biting fingernails can all cause damage. Beverages like coffee, tea, and wine are also harmful as they can cause staining. When estimating how long dental bonding repairs can last, you must consider your daily lifestyle behaviors and which ones you may be willing to give up. Avoiding small daily habits that can cause damage and practicing good daily habits, can go a long way to helping your newly bonded teeth last years.