How long does cosmetic bonding last?

Cosmetic dentistry is in a continuous state of high dynamics to offer a radiant smile. A good-looking smile radiates joy, confidence, and self-esteem all around. Different treatment modalities are continuously developed to match various needs and expectations.

Composite bonding is a cosmetic treatment modality aiming to offer a smile makeover at an affordable price. It is a conservative procedure where a minimal layer of tooth structure is removed and replaced by bonding a resin material matching your tooth color.

Through the hands of our experts, Cosmetic bonding can treat cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth, discolorations, and misshaped teeth to restore your smile. If you are considering or already have cosmetic bonding and have questions about how long cosmetic bonding lasts and its maintenance, this blog will answer your questions.

Longevity of cosmetic bonding:

Cosmetic bonding can last more than 10 years. The longevity of cosmetic bonding may vary from one person to another according to several factors.

When compared to veneers, cosmetic bonding is considered less durable. While cosmetic bonding can last up to 10 years, veneers can last more than 15 years.

Veneers are porcelain shells that last longer, have a higher natural appearance, and resistant to discoloration. On the other hand, they require a more extensive preparation of the teeth and are more expensive.

Cosmetic bonding is considered less durable than veneers. It may require touch-ups or even complete replacement over time. However, because of its cost-effectiveness and minimal invasiveness, it may be a more favorable treatment option for some patients.

Factors affecting how long cosmetic bonding lasts:

The mean lifespan of cosmetic bonding may vary according to several factors. To maximize the longevity of your smile, you must follow all instructions concerning oral hygiene and follow-up visits.

Consider the following factors to maximize the lifespan of your cosmetic bonding:

1. Oral hygiene:

Proper oral hygiene measures are mandatory to increase the longevity of your restoration. Do not be afraid to brush your cosmetic bonding.

Poor oral hygiene will lead to plaque accumulation, caries initiation at the bonding margins, and gingival inflammation. And eventually lead to the failure of your restoration.

Your daily oral hygiene practice must include 2-3 times brushing and using dental floss.

2. Parafunctional habits:

Parafunctional habits such as bruxism are a fast way to lose your restoration. This habit is where you exert severe pressure on your restoration, leading to its cracking and chipping.

If you experience bruxism, consult our professionals about constructing a night guard to protect your restoration and natural teeth.

3. Diet:

If your diet involves high sugar intake, this may lead to caries at the interface between the tooth and restoration. Tooth decay will weaken the underlying tooth structure and break the bond between the restoration and your teeth, causing its fracture.

Consuming hard or sticky food such as caramel exerts high forces on your cosmetic bonding, leading to its chipping or cracking.

4. Lifestyle choices:

Excessive consumption of colored beverages such as tea, coffee, and red wine may lead to discoloration of the cosmetic bonding. Discoloration can also happen if you are smoking or using other tobacco products.

This discoloration is an esthetic failure as the restoration loses its primary function to provide a better-looking smile and prerequisite its replacement in a shorter time than expected.

5. Bad habits:

Avoid bad oral habits that put extra pressure on the cosmetic bonding to avoid cracking or fracture.

Bad oral habits include biting nails, chewing pens, or using your teeth as a tool.

6. Maintaining regular check-up visits:

During check-up visits, our professionals will assess the condition of the restoration and identify the need for touch-ups. Early detection and handling of caries or discoloration increase the lifespan of your restoration.

Tips to maximize the longevity of cosmetic bonding:

These are some tips on Dos and Don’ts that you can follow to make your cosmetic bonding last longer.

Dos:

  • Follow proper oral hygiene measures: brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily to avoid plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation.
  • If you experience bruxism, wear a night guard to avoid putting extra pressure on your teeth and restoration.
  • Use a soft bristles toothbrush to avoid abrasion of the resin restoration.
  • Schedule regular check-up visits to detect any problems as early as possible.
  • Address any issues promptly: if you feel any pain, sensitivity, or any abnormal appearance do not wait until your next follow-up visit. The earlier the intervention the better outcome.

Don’ts:

  • consume too much sugar and sticky food to avoid cracking or even fracturing the cosmetic bonding.
  • Smock or use tobacco products to avoid discoloration.
  • Consume too many staining drinks such as tea, coffee, or red wine.
  • Use your teeth as a tool or nail bite.
  • Use whitening toothpaste as it contains abrasive components to avoid scratching of the restoration. Scratching makes the surface more prone to staining and discoloration.

When do you need to replace cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding can last up to 3 to 10 years. The lifespan depends on how well you care for your restoration, but eventually, you will need to replace it.

During checkup visits, a close assessment of the restoration is carried out. Any minor defects can be restored through touch-ups. However, some problems may require replacement of the restoration earlier than expected.

If you experience any of the following, consult our dental professionals immediately:

  • Cracking or fracture
  • Discoloration
  • Pain or sensitivity in the underlying teeth.

Cosmetic bonding is a cost-effective conservative technique for smile makeovers. Like any other dental procedure, it requires care and maintenance to keep it longer. Always try to follow proper oral hygiene measures and keep your follow-up visits. Avoid any bad habits such as bruxism, nail-biting, and consumption of colored foods and drinks. Following post-operative instructions and checkup visits will increase the longevity of your restorations for many years.

If you have any questions about cosmetic bonding and how to make it last longer, consult our expert at Dulwich Dental Office.

Dulwich Dental Office is one of the UK’s leading Clinics for cosmetic bonding, treating over 30,000 patients over 50 years.