Chips, cracks, and stains can all have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. Thankfully there’s dental bonding, an affordable and effective cosmetic dentistry solution for many aesthetic flaws. Dr. Bruno Lemay has used dental bonding to help numerous Palm Desert, CA patients smile with confidence.
Many patients wonder how long dental bonding treatment lasts. The team at Desert Dental Alternatives would like to go over this issue and offer advice on how to prolong the life of your dental bonding procedure.
How Dental Bonding Works
Let’s first explain the dental bonding process so you understand why durability may be a concern.
When performing a dental bonding procedure, a tooth-colored resin is painted directly onto the surface of the teeth. This resin is color matched to the tooth and polished so that it blends in seamlessly with the natural tooth structure. When the resin dries, the cosmetic flaws are gone and your smile looks pristine.
The Average Lifespan of Dental Bonding
Since dental bonding resin is applied directly to a tooth and is a composite material, it tends to have a lifespan of around four to eight years. We’ve seen some Palm Desert patients get dental bonding treatments that last longer than this, but that four-to-eight-year timeframe is pretty standard for dental bonding.
How Does This Compare to Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, by contrast, tend to last 10 years or more. This makes sense since veneers are ceramic shells crafted in a dental lab rather than a resin painted onto the tooth structure.
This is worth considering if you would like a more durable solution for a cosmetic flaw. Keep in mind that porcelain veneers are more expensive than dental bonding, so that could play a factor in your cosmetic dentistry decisions.
Causes of Wear to Bonding Materials
There are many different causes of damage to dental bonding resin. These includes:
- Normal biting and chewing
- Trauma to the face/mouth
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Vehicle accidents
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Vigorous brushing of the teeth
These are the same kinds of things that would cause damage to natural tooth structure.
How to Prolong the Life of Dental Bonding Treatment
If you want to prolong the life of your dental bonding treatment, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Be sure to use a non-abrasive gel toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. Wear mouth or head protection during sports and other applicable activities as well.
It’s also a good idea to visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups. This will allow a professional to note any wear or tear affecting the health and appearance of your smile.
Replacing and Repairing Bonding Material
If you need to have the old dental bonding procedure touched up, we can easily do this at our Palm Desert dental practice. A new bonding procedure will be performed that is similar to the initial treatment. All efforts are made to ensure results that look natural and that last as long as possible.
Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry
If you would like to learn more about dental bonding and your many options for enhancing the health and appearance of your smile, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Lemay and his team can be reached by phone at (760) 324-4450.