How Long Does Composite Bonding Last
Composite bonding or Dental Bonding is a commonly used cosmetic dentistry treatment used to fix minor tooth defects in order to improve the overall appearance of a person’s teeth. It involves applying a composite resin material to the surface of the tooth; the resin is then sculpted by the cosmetic dentist into the desired shape and hardened to achieve the desired results. The composite resin material can be had in a wide variety of shades in order to exactly match the colour and texture of your natural teeth. The composite bonding procedure is pain free given the cosmetic dentist works typically on the tooth’s outer enamel layer, which has no nerve endings or sensation. The treatment provides excellent natural looking results.
Composite Bonding can be used to address a number of cosmetic issues – for example, it can be used to fix chipped, cracked or broken teeth, lighten the colour of a discoloured tooth, fix worn out teeth, close gap between teeth amongst others. Composite bonding can often be a good cosmetic alternative to porcelain veneers. Also as composite bonding is less invasive versus porcelain veneers; it does less to no damage to the underlying tooth structure. Porcelain veneers on the other hand are more invasive in nature and the treatment can’t be reversed.
Composite Bonding – The Procedure
The composite bonding procedure can typically be completed in 1 to 2 visits to the cosmetic dentist. The initial visit includes a full dental exam to assess the health of your teeth and gums. The cosmetic dentist will then discuss your dental aspirations, the results you wish to achieve and suggest various treatment options, including composite bonding, composite veneers and porcelain veneers, explaining the benefits of each option in relation to your desired results. Treatment can often be started the same day. If not the same day, the second appointment is when the cosmetic dentist will start with your treatment. Composite resin will be applied to your teeth, sculpted into the desired shape and then hardened to provide you with the results you desire. Appointment duration will depend on the nature and complexity of the changes you wish to make to the shape of your teeth. On average, the treatment typically takes between 1-2 hours for relatively straight forward composite bonding treatments.
Composite Bonding – How Long Does It Last?
Composite bonding is a quick, effective and non-invasive method to achieve fast results that are aesthetically pleasing. On completion of the treatment, many of our patients ask – how long will composite bonding last? Our answer is – if looked after well, composite bonding can last for many years. Aftercare is very important. While you don’t need to be mindful of your teeth all the time, how long composite bonding lasts depends to an extent on how carefully you look after your teeth. We advise all our patients to be careful when biting hard food items and to refrain from using your teeth to crack opening food containers as this can damage the composite build-up on the teeth. Patients should therefore exercise care and be considerate to the amount of pressure they apply while eating hard food items or while using their teeth for opening containers. Further aftercare details will be provided to you by our cosmetic dentist during your appointment.
The lifespan of composite bonding depends on how much bonding was done to start with, your oral hygiene and your oral habits. Typically, composite bonding lasts between 3 years up to 10 years before it needs to be touched up or redone. Many of our patients have seen their composite bonding last for up to 10 years when looked after well.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When can I have Composite Bonding?
Any person with healthy teeth can undergo composite bonding. Composite bonding is typically used to for the following –
- Repair cracked, broken or chipped teeth
- Improve the appearance of stained teeth
- Close gaps or spaces between teeth
- Make teeth look or appear longer
- Change shape of the teeth
- Protect the surface of the tooth’s root exposed due to gums receding
How long will composite bonding last?
Many of our patients have said to us that their composite bonding has lasted for up to 10 years. Composite bonding can often last this long if looked after well. The duration of time that composite bonding can last depends on how much bonding was done, the person’s oral hygiene and also oral habits. Composite bonding typically lasts between 3 to 10 years, after which it needs to be either touched up or redone.
At Whites Dental our cosmetic dentists are very experienced and have been practicing cosmetic treatments for many years. They will happily answer questions you may have on cosmetic treatments such as composite bonding including how long does composite bonding last. We are based in Waterloo, adjacent to Southwark Tube station. We are also a 10 minutes’ walk from London Bridge, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo, Southbank and Borough. Please visit our Cosmetic Dentistry homepage for more details on our How Long Composite Bonding Lasts.