Dental bonding is a great choice for those needing tooth restoration or a cosmetic change to the appearance of their teeth. It is a routine treatment that dentists use as part of other dental procedures, such as dental fillings, veneers, chipped teeth, etc. And its natural appearance makes it a go-to option for many.
For those who are unhappy with their smile and are seeking transformation, the initial change with dental bonding can be life-changing. But how long does it last?
How Long Dental Bonding Will Last
On average, dental bonding can last anywhere from 3 years to 10 years - maybe even longer with exceptional care. Often, this length of time is dependent on the level of care given to them as well as the quality of the dental work. Though it can depend on a few other things, too, such as:
- The amount of bonding material used
- The strength and overall health of the tooth where the bonding is being applied
- Lifestyle habits, including bruxism (grinding and clenching), nail-biting, and consuming sticky or hard foods
Caring for a tooth with bonding is not unlike any good oral hygiene. You need to brush your teeth at least twice per day, floss thoroughly every day, and visit your dentist routinely for checkups. The better you care for your teeth, the longer your bonding will last.
Dental Bonding Over Time
As your dental bonding begins to wear, you will encounter a few instances that signal it is time to replace it. Sometimes it is subtle, other times not so much. But any of the following warrant a trip to the dentist to assess whether replacement or a repair is needed:
- Those who grind their teeth or clench their jaw will eventually wear down the bonding, shrinking it in size. It may even cause it to chip or break.
- Staining, no longer matching your regular tooth color - especially for teeth in the front that are visible.
- Sharp corners or lifted corners.
- A change in the way your bite feels.
Depending on what you experience with the bonding, if you notice any of the above signals - or any other signs that something could be wrong - you should make an appointment with your dentist to have it addressed.
Why Choose Dental Bonding?
With other options available that last longer, such as dental veneers, why would patients choose dental bonding? What are the benefits of doing so?
Believe it or not, many patients choose dental bonding because it allows the tooth’s structure to be preserved while still being the most affordable option. It is a quick appointment - usually only requiring one visit - and you can be on your way with a fresh smile.
The benefits of dental bonding don’t stop there. They can also be used for things such as:
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Reduce the size of gaps between teeth
- Change the appearance of the tooth in color and shape
Although dental bonding may not be as durable and long-lasting as other available options, it is an affordable and effective treatment.
Learn more about dental bonding and see if it could benefit your oral health needs at Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring.
Contact us at 240-641-5828. Or, request an appointment online.