If you have a minor chip, crack, or gap between your teeth and are interested in cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile, your dentist may recommend dental bonding as a fast and effective solution.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure where a composite resin material is used to fix minor flaws and correct your smile. Unlike other cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as veneers, bonding is reversible.
That said, bonding won't last forever. Generally, it can last between five and ten years, but there are things you can do to prolong its lifespan.
Factors That Affect the Lifespan of Dental Bonding
Several factors can affect the longevity of your bonding and it doesn't always have to do with how well you care for them:
- The material used
- The placement of the bonding
- The experience of the dentist
- How much bonding you need
- Habits such as biting your nails, teeth grinding, and so on.
Why You May Need to Repair or Replace Your Bonding
Here are some of the reasons that may require you to repair or replace your dental bonding:
- The composite material bonding is made of isn't as durable as your natural teeth. As such, dental bonding can easily chip, crack or even break if you eat hard foods, bite your fingernails, chew on pens, or grind your teeth.
- If you got dental bonding because your teeth were worn out because of habits like teeth grinding or nail-biting, these habits will also affect your bonding and damage it sooner than expected.
- If you have bonding on your front teeth, then you should know that it stains quite easily. If you drink coffee, teas, and red wine and eat staining foods regularly, then you may need to replace your bonding sooner.
How to Prolong the Longevity of Your Dental Bonding
Taking care of your dental bonding and increasing their lifespan is as simple as taking care of your natural teeth.
- Good oral hygiene is essential. Brush your teeth two times a day and floss every night to keep your dental bonding and natural teeth clean, white, and healthy.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Schedule routine visits every six months for professional cleanings and routine check-ups. Your dentist will also check your bonding and make sure it's in good condition.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools. Don't chew on pencils, bite your nails, or use your teeth to open bottles and packages. If you grind your teeth, mention it to your dentist and they may recommend a nightguard.
- Limit the consumption of staining foods and beverages. Rinse your teeth with water after having them.
Want to Learn More About Dental Bonding? Get in Touch!
Do you want to improve your smile and think dental bonding might be right for you? Book your appointment with Dr. Pegah Naji now.
Contact Smile Dental Boutique online or by calling us at (949) 273-1900.