Would you like to know how long dental bonding lasts? Our dentists in Toronto have the answer. We'll also address your questions about how this process works, financial factors and alternatives.
What is dental bonding?
Tooth-coloured composite resin is applied to tooth surfaces during the dental bonding process to effectively repair decay, fractures, discolouration or chips.
The bonding material helps to fill gaps from a cavity, and can help change the appearance of your teeth to make them appear longer. Needless to say, dental bonding can significantly change the appearance of teeth.
How long does dental bonding last?
Typically, effects of dental bonding will last anywhere between 4 and 8 years, and potentially longer, depending on a few factors including:
- Your dietary choices
- 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)
- Whether you attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments (twice each year)
How well you care for your teeth plays a large part in how long your dental bonding will last. Avoiding sugary or acidic foods will help as these can wear on your teeth, If you enjoy fruit, brush and floss your teeth soon after so bacteria and plaque do not have an opportunity to multiply.
Also avoid chewing hard candy or ice, biting down too hard or grinding your teeth, all of which can lead to chipped 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.
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 appearance of teeth: Dental bonding can help adjust the colour and shape of your teeth for 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.
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)