Is Composite Bonding Permanent

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Is Composite Bonding Permanent?

Composite bonding has been used for many years to tackle a variety of different dental issues. From a chipped tooth to discolouration, composite bonding has always been seen as a solid option. 

With the results that many get out of composite bonding, it’s clear to see why it’s a popular choice in the dental industry. 

How long does composite bonding last? 

Composite bonding or dental bonding typically has a lifespan of somewhere between 4 – 7 years. So is composite bonding permanent? In short, no. 

This means that eventually you may need a replacement. This can include:

  • Redoing your composite bonding
  • Porcelain dental veneers
  • Dental crown

It’s important to take care of your composite bonding as bad habits can reduce the lifespan of your treatment. 

How to properly care for your composite bonding?

When you have your new dental bonding treatment done, you might be feeling extremely confident that your smile has been restored. 

But if you want to enjoy your pearly-white smile for as long as possible here is what you can do:

Avoid consuming things that will stain your teeth – Tobacco, tomato based sauces and wine can all stain your teeth over time. As your bonding is made from resin, it won’t stain in the same way that your other teeth will, leaving both your teeth and your composite bonding with discolouration issues.  

Don’t bite down on hard objects – Although you may be used to biting into hard foods with your teeth such as sweets, apples or even your car keys, you will need to avoid biting down on hard objects especially with your composite bonding. 

Brush your teeth – To combat any staining, you should brush your teeth twice a day with nonabrasive toothpaste. 

Take general care – Although it is more obvious than the others, some forget that general care is required to keep your composite bonding looking top tier. Wearing a gum shield whilst playing contact sports is a good example of general care. 

Composite/teeth bonding disadvantages

Although composite bonding is a great way to fix a number of dental issues, it some times isn’t a long term solution. 

Unfortunately, it isn’t the perfect solution for everyone with a dental problem as there are a few drawbacks. These can include:

  • It’s done by free hand, meaning the results may not be perfect
  • Low durability if not taken proper care of
  • Risk of breaking for patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaw
  • Stains differently to your tooth enamel leaving you with an uneven colour. 

Although composite bonding is great for many people, you may want to consult your dental professional to discuss alternatives. 

What are the alternatives to composite bonding?

If you’ve decided that dental bonding isn’t for you, you’ll be pleased to know that there are some great alternatives. 

The typical alternatives for dental bonding are:


A thin layer of porcelain that is bespoke made to fit around the front of your tooth. Veneers are bonded to the tooth and can even be used to cover gap issues. 

Veneers are more invasive than bonding as this requires shaving down some of the tooth in order for the veneer to fit properly. 

Dental veneers are also delicate in the same way as composite bonding, however, veneers are typically a more long term solution to many dental issues. 


Crowns are often used for more severe cases where dental bonding will not work. The crown, sometimes known as a dental cap, covers the entire tooth and is bonding in place. 

This is a much more invasive alternative to composite bonding and veneers as this requires the tooth to be shaved down significantly.

Both of these alternatives cause great disruption to your natural teeth, so it’s important that you consult your dental professional before you undergo any treatment. 

In comparison, composite bonding is a fast, non-invasive and less expensive treatment for damaged teeth. 

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