Are you curious about how long dental bonding treatments last? Here, our Taber dentists explain the answer and address questions about how the treatment process works, the financial considerations and the alternative treatments.
What is dental bonding?
During the dental bonding process, your dentist will apply a tooth-coloured composite resin to the surfaces of your teeth, effectively repairing chips, fractures, or discolouration in your smile.
This material helps to fill gaps left by a cavity, can help improves the appearance of your teeth and can make them appear longer. Needless to say, the appearance of your teeth before and after dental bonding can change significantly.
How long does dental bonding last?
The effects of a dental bonding treatment typically last between 4 and 8 years (and possibly even longer) depending on a couple different factors.
- Your dietary choices
- Which areas of your mouth are bonded
- Whether you attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments (twice each year)
- How well you care for your teeth (by maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine including daily brushing and flossing)
The length of time that your dental bonding lasts is mostly up to how well you care for your smile. Avoid sugary or acidic foods, since these can wear down on your teeth. If you enjoy fruit, floss and brush your teeth soon after so that bacteria or plaque doesn't 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 finally, maintain a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine. The healthier your natural teeth surrounding your dental bonding material, the longer your restoration will last.
What are the benefits of dental bonding?
If you choose dental bonding to improve the appearance of your smile, you may experience the following benefits:
Changes tooth appearance: Dental bonding is able to help adjust the colour and shape of your teeth for a more symmetrical and cohesive look.
Non-invasive: As far as cosmetic treatments go, dental bonding is relatively non-invasive and you won't require any recovery time.
Quick treatment: We can usually perform the procedure in just 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 properly care for your smile, you should expect to have the effects of your dental bonding treatment to last anywhere between 4 and 8 years (or even longer in some instances).
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)