In this blog, our Whitecourt dentists discuss the dental bonding process and how long the results of this treatment can last.
As part of the dental bonding process, your dentist will administer a tooth-coloured composite resin to the surface of your tooth, this could effectively repair discolouration, decay, fractures, and chips.
This material can help improve the appearance of your teeth, make them look longer, and fill gaps left by a cavity. Overall, dental bonding could make a significant change in the appearance of your teeth.
How Long Dental Bonding Can Last
The effects of dental bonding typically last for 4 to 8 years, and potentially longer, depending on a few factors:
- Your dietary choices
- Whether you attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments (twice each year)
- Which areas of your mouth are bonded
- How well you care for your teeth (by maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine including daily brushing and flossing)
How long your dental bonding lasts is mostly up to how well you care for your teeth. Avoid acidic or sugary foods, as these can wear on your teeth. If you enjoy fruit, brush and floss your teeth soon after so plaque or bacteria does not have the chance to grow.
We also don't recommend grinding your teeth, eating hard candy, biting down too hard, or chewing ice, as all of this 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.
The Dental Bonding Benefits
If you choose dental bonding to improve the appearance of your smile, you may experience the following benefits:
Changes appearance of teeth: Dental bonding can help adjust the shape and colour of your teeth for a more symmetrical, cohesive look.
Non-invasive: In terms of cosmetic treatments, dental bonding is fairly non-invasive and you won't need any time to recover.
Quick treatment: This procedure can often be completed in one appointment.
Cost-effective: Generally, dental bonding is considered to be a cost-effective alternative to more extensive cosmetic dental services like veneers, bridges, and crowns.
Long-lasting: If you properly care for your smile, you can expect your dental bonding effects to last 4 to 8 years, or even longer.
The Costs of Dental Bonding
Many people that come to see us looking for dental bonding are often worried about the costs of the procedure. The cost of your treatment will be dependent on various factors including:
- Your location – costs may change depending on which city and dental practice performs the procedure
- Scope of work, location, and size of the areas of the mouth being bonded
- The number of teeth being repaired
- How much of the procedure is covered by insurance (May depend if this procedure is primarily for cosmetic or structural purposes)