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How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

Composite bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure used to repair and enhance the appearance of your teeth. If your smile has chips, decayed parts or discolouration, composite bonding can address these issues! 

It’s favoured for its affordability, quick application process, and natural-looking results. However, one common question many patients have is, “How long does composite bonding last?” The longevity of composite bonding depends on several factors, including the material used, the location of the bonded tooth in your mouth, and your oral hygiene habits. Reah34d on – we’ll evaluate these reasons!

What is Composite Bonding?

Before discussing its longevity, it’s important to understand what composite bonding involves. Composite bonding uses a tooth-coloured resin material to correct a variety of dental issues as mentioned earlier, such as chipped, cracked, or discoloured teeth, gaps between teeth, or even to change the shape or length of your teeth. The procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Preparation: 

The dentist lightly etches the tooth surface to roughen it, which helps the bonding material adhere better. Sometimes, a small amount of the tooth’s surface might be removed to make space for the bonding material.

  1. Application: 

The dentist applies the composite resin to the tooth, moulding and shaping it to achieve the desired appearance. 

  1. Curing: 

Once happy with the result, the resin is hardened using a special light, bonding it securely to the tooth.

  1. Finishing: 

Finally, your dentist will polish the bonded tooth to match the sheen of the surrounding teeth.

Factors Influencing the Longevity of Composite Bonding

Several factors influence how long composite bonding will last:

Material Quality: 

The quality of the composite resin plays a significant role in its durability. Higher-quality materials typically last longer and resist staining and wear better than lower-quality alternatives.

Location of the Bonded Tooth: 

Teeth that are subject to more pressure and wear, such as those used for chewing (molars), may experience more wear and tear. Bonding on front teeth, which experience less force, may last longer.

Oral Hygiene Practices: 

Proper oral hygiene is crucial for the longevity of composite bonding. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings help prevent plaque buildup and decay around the bonded area.

Diet and Lifestyle: 

Eating habits and lifestyle choices can impact the lifespan of composite bonding. Consuming staining substances like coffee, tea, red wine or tobacco can discolour the bonding material over time. Additionally, chewing on hard objects or using your teeth as tools can chip or crack the bonding. It’s important to be extra careful!

Dental Habits: 

Bruxism (teeth grinding) and nail-biting can also significantly reduce the lifespan of composite bonding due to the excessive force exerted on the teeth, which can wear the bonding now.

Typical Lifespan of Composite Bonding

On average, we estimate your composite bonding to last anywhere from 5 to 10 years with the proper care and maintenance. If you keep up with a diligent oral hygiene routine, you may be able to enjoy your bonded teeth for even longer. Here are some key tips you can implement to extend the lifespan of composite bonding:

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: 

Brushing your teeth twice daily with a good fluoride toothpaste and flossing thoroughly is crucial. It prevents plaque and tartar buildup around your teeth and gums so your risks of decay are vastly reduced. 

Regular Dental Check-Ups: 

Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings. Your dentist can monitor the condition of your bonded teeth and address any issues before they become significant problems. 

Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks: 

It’s a good idea to limit your consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and other staining substances to keep your smile bright and healthy. Sometimes, it can be tough avoiding these foods and drinks, so you can also opt to rinse your mouth with water after consuming them to reduce the effect of their staining. 

Use Teeth Properly: 

Avoid using your teeth to open packages or bite down on hard objects. If you grind your teeth at night, consider using a nightguard to protect your bonded teeth.

Healthy Diet: 

A balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products can help maintain strong, healthy teeth to keep your happy smile. 

When to Replace Composite Bonding

Over time, even with the best care, composite bonding may need to be touched up or replaced due to discolouration, chipping, or wear. Signs that it might be time to replace your bonding include:

  • Noticeable discolouration that doesn’t improve with polishing.
  • Chips or cracks in the bonding material.
  • Rough or uneven edges.
  • Any discomfort or sensitivity in the bonded tooth.
  • If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your dentist. They can assess the condition of your bonding and recommend the appropriate treatment moving forward. 

Dental Care That You Can Trust

Composite bonding is a versatile and effective solution for a variety of dental concerns you may have. While it is not a permanent fix, with proper care and maintenance, it can provide a beautiful, long-lasting improvement to your smile. By understanding the factors that influence its longevity and taking proactive steps to care for your bonded teeth, you can enjoy the benefits of composite bonding for many years! 

At Dentists of Ivanhoe, we believe in providing high-quality dental care, tailored to your individual needs. Come join the Dentists of Ivanhoe family and book an appointment with us today to achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of. No need to dream any longer, when we can make it a reality. Call us on (03) 9067 7587 or schedule a consultation with us today by visiting our website.