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How long does composite bonding last?

by Dr Prem Community Writer

If you are after the perfect smile, then you may be considering letting a professional cosmetic dentist reshape your smile with Composite Bonding. Using Composite Resin is a fantastic way of moulding your teeth to look straighter and whiter. As the resin will reflect the colouring of your teeth, it is perfect for covering up any unsightly chips, gaps or even tooth stains. However, you may be wondering to yourself, how long does Composite Bonding truly last for? Below, you will find all of the answers in regards to this question.

The Composite Bonding Process

composite-bondingIf you have chosen cosmetic dentistry to enhance the natural beauty of your smile, you will be happy to know that the procedure is relatively quick, taking around 30-60 minutes to complete. Once you have chosen your Composite Material, then this will be laid upon the tooth and sculpted into an attractive shape. It is then that a bright blue light or a laser will be shined on the tooth to harden it. Once solid, your dentist will then trim, shape and polish it accordingly.

The General Lifespan

We cannot put a full estimate on the life span of Composite Bonding, as there are many other factors that will determine how long your resin will last for. Unlike Porcelain Veneers, which can last between 10-20 years, but require more expensive treatment, Composite Bonding usually lasts for several years. This is between 3- 10 years, depending on the extent of the treatment and the sort of materials that have been used. Most people do go with a composite resin because it is extremely biocompatible. However, if you are looking for a more flawless end result, you may want to consider asking for plastic resin. Plastic Resin can be easily moulded to blend in with the specific colour of the patient’s teeth. It is not as strong as Porcelain Composite bonding, but it certainly is the cheapest of the options.

The Amount of Bonding

composite-bondingOf Course, when it comes to the sustainability of your dental work, this will largely depend on the amount of bonding work that took place on your teeth. With smaller amounts of resin on the tooth, you may find that your bond becomes more fragile over time and may eventually just chip off. However, if your bonding work involved a lot of sculpting and more resin, then there is a high chance that it will be fully secured to the tooth and thus have a larger life span. It will also depend on where the composite bond has been created. If it was for your front teeth then they may be more susceptible to cracks.

Your Lifestyle Choices

At the end of the day, what truly will affect the life of your composite bonding treatment is your lifestyle. If you are prone to indulging in highly sugary and acidic snacks and soft drinks, there is a larger chance that your composite bond may become weaker. Give it a few years and your treatment may have simply worn away. So always keep an eye on what you eat and drink!

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