Dental Bonding Lifespan: When Will I Need Re-treatment?
Dental bonding is a versatile and affordable cosmetic treatment. The composite resin can last upwards of 10 years when certain steps are taken to maintain the results of treatment. At Artistic Expressions Dentistry, serving Philadelphia, PA, and nearby Bucks County and Doylestown, our team will provide you with practical advice on proper aftercare.
When the bonding does need to be replaced, the straight forward procedure can be performed during a short visit to our office. Read on to learn more about how long the results of dental bonding last, and proper aftercare.
Factors that Determine How Long Your Dental Bonding Lasts
Dental fillings can last anywhere from a few years to 10 years or even longer. The treatment generally does not last as long as veneers or dental crowns. Fortunately, when the bonding does need to be replaced, the treatment to restore your smile will be quick and affordable. Factors that determine how long your bonding will last include:
The Quality of Your Dental Bonding Placement
Working with an experienced dentist is the best way to ensure that the results of your dental bonding treatment lasts for several years or longer. Dr. Bruce Wilderman graduated from dental school in 1982. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
When placing the dental bonding material, Dr. Wilderman will use the highest quality materials and latest placement techniques to ensure that the composite material maintains a strong bond with your enamel, and that the bonding material can withstand the normal pressures of eating and chewing.
Oral Hygiene Habits
Aftercare is critical. Once your treatment is complete, proper oral hygiene habits will ensure that your natural tooth remains strong and free of harmful decay.
Good oral hygiene habits also prevent your natural tooth enamel or the bonding material from becoming discolored. When the bonding material is placed, it will be shade-matched to blend in with your natural teeth. To maintain that seamless appearance, your teeth should be brushed twice a day.
Bruxism, fingernail biting, chewing on ice, and other habits can damage your teeth or dental bonding. After the bonding material has been placed, you should be mindful about habits that can prematurely wear or dislodge it.
Depending on where your bonding is placed, you may want to avoid sticky foods that could dislodge the material. The same goes for hard items like candy. In general, a diet that is low in sugar and acidic foods is better for your teeth and oral health.
How Frequently You Visit the Dentist
Visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams allows our doctor to examine the quality of your bonding. Cleanings also allow your dentist to remove buildup and decay from the teeth and bonding material, which can help the bonding last longer.
Schedule Your Dental Bonding Treatment Today
Dental bonding is an effective and affordable cosmetic treatment that can address a wide range of cosmetic issues. With proper care and maintenance, bonding can last several years. When it does need to be replaced, the dental team at Artistic Expressions Dentistry will replace your bonding during one convenient visit to our office.
To schedule your cosmetic consultation or treatment, please contact our office online or call (215) 712-8282.