If you're considering dental bonding, you might be wondering how long the results could last. Our Meteghan dentists answer your queries about how long dental bonding lasts, the process itself, and financial considerations and alternatives.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a process that can effectively restore damage (e.g. chips, decay, fractures) or discolouration. During the procedure, your dentist will apply tooth-coloured composite resin to your tooth surfaces. This material helps to fill gaps left by a cavity, can help improves the appearance of your teeth and can make them appear longer and more even.
After having this procedure, you could find that the appearance of your teeth before and after is noticeably different.
How Long Can Dental Bonding Last?
The effects of dental bonding usually last for 4 to 8 years. They can potentially last even longer, depending on a few factors:
- How well you follow a good oral health routine (including daily brushing and flossing)
- Which areas of your teeth undergo dental bonding
- Your attendance to your regularly scheduled dental appointments (twice each year)
- Your dietary choices
As with all dental restorative and cosmetic treatments, the longevity of the results will mostly come down to how well you care for your teeth. Avoid acidic or sugary foods, as these can wear on your teeth, and if you're a big fan of snacking on fruit, ensure you brush and floss your teeth soon after so plaque or bacteria does not have the chance to grow.
Also avoid chewing ice, hard candy, grinding your teeth or biting down too hard, all of which can chip the bonding material.
And of course, maintaining a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine is of utmost importance. The healthier the natural tooth material around the bonding material remains, the longer the restoration will last.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Bonding?
If you decide to go with dental bonding to improve your smile's appearance, you could notice the following benefits:
Change the appearance of teeth: Dental bonding can help adjust the colour and shape of your teeth for a more symmetrical appearance.
Non-invasive: In terms of cosmetic treatments, dental bonding is relatively non-invasive and you shouldn't need recovery time.
Quick treatment: The procedure can usually be completed in one visit.
Cost-effective: Dental bonding is generally considered to be a cost-effective alternative to more extensive cosmetic dental procedures such as crowns, bridges and veneers.
Long-lasting: As long as you care for your smile properly, you can expect the effects of dental bonding to last for 4 to 8 years, or longer in some cases.
What does dental bonding cost?
Patients who come to us for dental bonding procedures are often concerned about cost. Your specific cost will depend on a few factors:
- The number of teeth being repaired
- Scope of work, location and size of the areas of the mouth being bonded
- Your location – costs may change depending on which city and dental practice performs the procedure
- How much of the procedure is covered by insurance (this may depend on whether your issue is primarily structural or cosmetic)