Dental Bonding Lifespan

Dr. Degel Feb 21, 2021

illustration of a chipped front toothDr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel pride themselves on providing quality dental work in NYC. They’ve helped numerous people from Long Island City and Queens, NY, smile with renewed confidence. For minor cosmetic repairs, durable, high-quality dental bonding can make an individual’s smile appear pristine.

Many patients who undergo dental bonding have questions about the lifespan of their treatment. Let’s discuss how long dental bonding lasts, how that compares to other dental treatments, and what you can do to prolong the lifespan of the procedure.

How Dental Bonding Works

Dental bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored resin onto the surface of a tooth. This tooth-colored resin is carefully matched to blend with the tooth’s natural color. Once dried, the bonding material is durable enough for patients to bite and chew as usual. Dental bonding is a common treatment for minor chips, cracks, and stains.

On Average, How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

On average, the results of dental bonding treatment can last up to 10 years. This assumes that patients take care of their teeth and practice good oral hygiene.

What Factors Affect Dental Bonding Lifespan?

A few different factors can affect the duration of dental bonding results:

  • Wear and Tear - While dental bonding materials are durable, they are subject to wear and tear over time. Biting and chewing will lead to some unavoidable bonding damage over the years. Issues such as teeth grinding (bruxism) can greatly shorten the lifespan of bonding treatment.
  • Trauma to the Face or Mouth - Blows to the mouth, face, or head can lead to damaged teeth and damage to bonding materials. This trauma can occur from slips and falls, vehicle collisions, at work in certain high-risk professions (e.g., construction and manufacturing), or while playing sports.
  • Bad Habits - Biting your fingernails, chewing on drinking straws, and opening packages with your teeth are all bad ideas. They can severely damage your teeth and any dental work that was performed, such as tooth bonding.

Tips for Prolonging the Results of Dental Bonding

To help dental bonding last as long as possible, consider these tips for aftercare:

  • Keep Bad Habits in Check - If possible, try to avoid biting your nails and chewing on inedible objects. Open packages with scissors. Remember that your teeth are not tools.
  • Wear Face and Head Protection - If you are playing sports or have a job that is a bit dangerous, wear the necessary protective gear. That means helmets, mouth guards, and face protection.
  • Undergo Regular Dental Checkups - Regular visits to the dentist allow minor problems to get treated before they get worse. Your dentist can treat teeth grinding, and also identify minor damage to bonding materials that can be touched up.

What Happens When I Need New Bonding Treatment?

When your dental bonding has chipped away or worn down, our dentists can help. We can perform another dental bonding treatment, or may recommend another cosmetic procedure, such as porcelain veneers. Our team will be more than happy to go over the pros and cons of our treatment options so you can make a decision that’s best for you.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More

If you would like more information about dental bonding and other cosmetic dentistry treatments that can enhance your smile, be sure to contact Astoria Dental Group online or call (718) 278-1123 to schedule an appointment.

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