Cosmetic Bonding is a dental procedure used to repair, reshape, or recolor one or more teeth. Tooth colored composite material is applied to the existing tooth and hardened for a permanent restoration. But does permanent mean it will last forever? How long does cosmetic bonding last? Here’s what you can expect in terms of longevity.
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is the process of adding composite material to one or more teeth in order to improve the appearance. The composite material is essentially the same material that is used to fill cavities. It can be made to match your existing tooth color so that it looks natural. Teeth that are chipped, worn down, or discolored can often be repaired with cosmetic bonding.
Average Length of Time Cosmetic Bonding Lasts
On average, cosmetic bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years. The range is wide due to the many factors that can affect how long cosmetic bonding will last before needing to be repaired or replaced.
Factors That Affect the Longevity of Cosmetic Bonding
How long your cosmetic bonding lasts depends on a variety of factors:
- Location of the tooth. Where the tooth is located in your mouth can have an effect on how long the bonding material lasts. Bonding material on a tooth that bears the brunt of the chewing force, such as a molar, may wear down more quickly. A tooth in the front of your mouth may show wear and tear on composite bonding material sooner due to high visibility.
- Size of the bonding. The more bonding material that is required to repair a tooth, the shorter period of time it may last. A small patch of bonding material may stay in place more easily due to support from the natural enamel, whereas a large patch of bonding material may wear away faster or even break away from the rest of the tooth.
- Oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can help cosmetic bonding last longer by preventing plaque from forming on the teeth and bonding material. Plaque may not be able to eat away at composite material, but it can work its way into the space between the filling material and the enamel to cause decay and loosen the bonding.
- Teeth grinding. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, your cosmetic bonding may not last as long. The force of teeth grinding can cause the bonding material to wear down more quickly or loosen from the rest of the tooth.
- Frequency of professional dental care. Regular dental cleanings and exams can help your cosmetic bonding last longer. Dental cleanings remove plaque from your teeth and the exam allows the dentist to check the condition of your existing cosmetic bonding. Sometimes cosmetic bonding can be repaired periodically to help it last longer.
Is Cosmetic Bonding Right For Me?
If you have teeth that are discolored, worn down, or chipped, cosmetic bonding may be able to reshape and recolor them for a better looking smile. When your teeth are primarily healthy but just don’t look their best, cosmetic bonding provides an effective solution. A dental evaluation can help determine whether or not you would be a good candidate for cosmetic bonding.
Sea Island Dentistry Provides Cosmetic Bonding
Sea Island Dentistry provides a range of cosmetic dentistry services, including cosmetic bonding. If you want to improve your smile, we can create a plan to help you reach your goals that may include one or a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Call 843-271-6353 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.