If you are looking for an efficient and cost-effective way to repair minor dental issues, dental bonding may be the right solution for you. Dental bonding involves the use of tooth-colored composite resin to fix small aesthetic flaws, especially of the front teeth.
A question often arises about the lifetime of composite bonding. This article will discuss how long composite bonding can last on front teeth and what you can do to increase its lifespan.
What is The Average Lifespan of Dental Bonding?
Like other types of tooth restoration, composite bonding does not last forever. On average, composite bonding can last between 4 to 8 years on the front teeth with proper care.
However, the lifespan of bonding depends on several factors. These may include:
- Size of dental issue that needs repair
- Health of teeth
- Type of composite material
- Technique for application of bonding
- Amount of bonding material used
- Habits such as biting or eating hard things, nail-biting, etc.
- Bruxism (grinding teeth during sleep)
In the presence of one or more of these factors, tooth bonding may crack or break, requiring immediate repair.
What Happens to Dental Bonding Over Time?
Many people prefer composite bonding for fixing small flaws on their front teeth to enhance their smile. While bonding offers a quick and effective solution, it has a limited lifespan.
Some common issues that you may face with composite bonding on front teeth include the following:
- Composite resin is not as durable as your natural teeth. Over time, the bonding on your front teeth may wear off due to biting or eating hard foods, biting nails, chewing on nails or pens, etc.
- Composite resin also stains like your natural tooth enamel. The staining may take years to occur, but if it becomes prominent, it can ruin your smile aesthetics. The most common causes of staining include the intake of pigmented foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, berries, etc.
- Front teeth are more prone to dental injuries. If you are engaged in high-impact sports activities and do not wear a mouthguard, a strong blow may damage composite bonding.
- If you have bruxism, the composite resin on your front teeth may wear off earlier than usual due to teeth grinding.
How to Make Composite Bonding Last Longer?
Following the instructions of our dentists and maintaining proper oral care, you can prolong the lifetime of composite bonding on your front teeth.
- Brush twice a day, but do not brush your teeth too vigorously.
- Floss your teeth regularly to prevent the buildup of plaque and gum diseases.
- Limit the intake of pigmented foods or beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, turmeric, tomato sauce, etc.
- Avoid biting on hard substances, such as using your front teeth to open a cap or chewing on pens, etc.
- If you have habits like biting your nails or grinding your teeth, consult our dentists for appropriate treatment measures.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Dental Experts
Whether you are considering composite bonding or want to learn about other options to enhance your smile, our dentists at Sair Dental are here to help.
Call us at (832) 924-2666 for the 8410 Fondren Road, Houston, TX, 77074 office. Or you can contact 10345 Club Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77036 by dialing (281) 558-1199.