Here, our Richmond Hill dentists explain how long the effects of dental bonding will last as well as other key considerations, including financial factors and treatment alternatives.
During the dental bonding process, your dentist will apply tooth-coloured composite resin to the surfaces of your tooth, effectively repairing chips, decay, fractures, or discolouration.
This material can help fill gaps left by cavities, improve 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 The Dental Bonding Effects Last
On average, the effects of dental bonding generally last 4 to 8 years, and potentially longer, depending on a few factors, including:
- Which areas of your mouth are bonded
- Your dietary choices
- Whether you attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments (twice each year)
- How well you take care of 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.
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.
Dental Bonding Benefits
If you opt for dental bonding to help improve the appearance of your smile, you might experience the following benefits:
Changes in the appearance of your teeth: Dental bonding can help adjust the colour and shape of your teeth for a symmetrical, 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 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.
Dental Bonding Costs
Patients who come to us for dental bonding procedures are often concerned about cost. Your specific cost will depend on a few factors:
- How much of the procedure is covered by insurance (this may depend on whether your issue is primarily structural or cosmetic)
- Scope of work, location, and size of the areas of the mouth being bonded
- How many teeth are being repaired
- Your location – costs may change depending on which city and dental practice performs the procedure