Composite bonding is a very popular cosmetic dental procedure that is used to improve the appearance of teeth. Essentially, it involves applying a tooth-coloured resin material onto the surface of the tooth and shaping this accordingly to achieve the desired look.
One of the most common questions clients have when it comes to composite bonding, is how long it lasts. The truth is, it can depend on several different factors. Read on to learn more and get some useful tips to ensure longevity.
Factors that impact how long composite bonding lasts:
On average, composite bonding can typically last between 5 and 10 years. However, it’s important to note that this is an estimate, and it’s lifespan can be influenced by several factors, including:
- Oral hygiene: Proper oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing and routine dental check-ups, can help maintain the lifespan of composite bonding. To get our advice on ensuring you maintain good oral hygiene, read our blog here. (link to the oral hygiene blog)
- Habits: Certain habits like biting nails, chewing on pens, or using teeth as tools can put excessive stress on the bonded teeth, potentially leading to chipping or premature wearing of the bonding material.
- Diet: Consuming excessive amounts of staining agents like coffee, tea, or tobacco can cause the bonding material to discolour over time.
- Bite forces: If you have a heavy bite or grind your teeth, it can put extra pressure on the bonded teeth, potentially shortening the lifespan of the bonding.
- Professional skill: The expertise and skill of the dentist performing the composite bonding procedure can also play a role in its longevity. A well-executed bonding procedure with proper adhesion techniques can contribute to the durability of the bonding. So it is important to choose a dentist with skill and experience of working with composite bonding – our dentist’s possess decades of experience so are ideally placed to perform the procedure.
Regular dental check-ups can help monitor the condition of the bonding and determine if any repairs or replacements are necessary. Ultimately, the lifespan of composite bonding can vary from person to person, depending on the various factors we’ve discussed above. To find out more about composite bonding, book an initial consultation with one of our dentists who will be able to evaluate your specific situation and provide personalised advice on what you can expect from the treatment. Book your appointment here.
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