Your dentist may suggest dental bonding as a means of either repairing a damaged tooth – or improving the overall appearance of your smile. This procedure is relatively quick and easy, leaving you with a boost of confidence in just one visit.
Dental bonding involves applying a composite resin to the surfaces of your teeth to repair any imperfections. It is made to match the natural color of your teeth, so no one will know it’s there unless you tell them!
While the idea of dental bonding sounds like a great option, you may be wondering just how long it will last.
How Long Dental Bonding Lasts
Dental bonding, on average, can last anywhere from 3 years to 10 years. Touch-ups and replacements are needed when the bonding material begins to break or it becomes stained. The personal habits and care of each individual has an impact on how long dental bonding will last.
Factors that Impact the Longevity of Your Dental Bonding
There are a few things that may impact the longevity of your dental bonding. It is important to discuss these with your dentist so that you have a full understanding of what you can do to have a positive experience with your new teeth.
- The type of composite material used for the bonding.
- Which teeth are bonded.
- The overall health of the tooth – and how strong it is.
- How well you care for your dental bonding.
How to Care for Dental Bonding
If you want to extend the life of your dental bonding, you will find that there are a few things you can do. Remember, the better care you take of your teeth overall, the greater your smile.
Good Oral Hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth everyday – at least twice per day – is vital in maintaining good oral hygiene. It is best if you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. This will reduce your chance of damaging the surface of the bonding.
Avoid Foods that Cause Staining. Dental bonding can stain – and they do so at a much faster rate than enamel. That means every coffee, soda, tea, red wine, blueberry, pasta sauce, and so forth that you eat can cause staining and discoloration of the bonding material over time.
Reduce your consumption of these foods and beverages to keep your bonded teeth looking white and bright.
Avoid Foods that are Hard. Foods that are hard, such as ice, nuts, popcorn, and so forth can break the bonding material. You will want to consider reducing your consumption of these foods, as well.
Keep in mind that chewing anything hard can cause damage to your teeth, including the tips of pens or using teeth to open bottles, etc.
Regularly Visit Your Dentist. Keeping up with your regular dental visits is important for your oral health – and the life of your dental bonding. Always visit your dentist for a cleaning and an exam every 6 months.
Dental Bonding at Kingwest Dental Studio
If you are interested in dental bonding or would like to learn more about it, Kingwest Dental Studio specializes in skilled cosmetic dentistry. Let’s transform your smile into one you will feel confident to show.
Call our office at 416-910-1100. Or request an appointment online.