September 14, 2022
When it comes to fixing minor smile flaws, dental bonding is an excellent treatment. The procedure’s tooth-colored resin can hide various issues, including stains, chips, and cracks. That said, you likely want to know if bonding’s results are permanent before committing to it. After all, doing so would let you know whether the service is cost-effective or not. Luckily enough, your Plano dentist is here to answer your questions. That said, here’s a summary of what to expect in terms of dental bonding’s lifespan.
So, *is* Dental Bonding Permanent?
While long-lasting, dental bonding is not a fully permanent procedure. The resin used for treatment wears out over time. Even with proper care, results can only last up to five or ten years.
Still, it represents a good cosmetic option. Compared to other offerings, bonding is faster, more convenient, and less expensive. Furthermore, the treatment is reversible since it doesn’t remove tooth enamel. As such, you can always revisit your dentist if you change your mind about this service.
What Reduces Dental Bonding’s Lifespan?
As you might expect, your oral care and eating habits often reduce bonding’s lifespan. For instance, certain foods and beverages can stain the resin.
At the same time, though, other factors also influence how long bonding lasts. Teeth-grinding, for example, can damage the resin and cause issues like jaw pain and tooth sensitivity. Furthermore, having a bad bite will put too much strain on the composite bond and cause it to wear.
How Can I Maintain Its Results?
While you can’t make bonding’s results permanent, you can help them last longer. To do so, try following the tips below:
- Don’t Put Your Bonded Teeth Under Pressure: You shouldn’t open food packaging with your teeth, bite your fingernails, chew pen caps, and so on. It’d also be wise to avoid biting on hard foods (candies, ice cubes, crunchy textures, etc.)
- Avoid Staining Agents: If possible, try not to eat or drink dark-colored foods and drinks. (Coffee, red wine, tea, etc.) These items could stain the resin’s white coloring.
- Give up Bad Oral Habits: Don’t smoke or use tobacco products.
- Practice Good Oral Hygiene: As you always should, brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily. Also, visit your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings.
In the end, dental bonding is an impermanent but worthwhile cosmetic choice. Therefore, talk to your dentist about treatment if your smile needs a quick touch-up.
About the Practice
Parkway Vista Dental is based in Plano, TX. As led by Dr. Bita Kamali, our practice strives to meet patient needs with excellent care. To that end, we offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, including emergency procedures. Thanks to our advanced dental technology, you can trust you’ll receive quality results. For more information or to book an appointment, you can reach them at their website or by phone at (972)-818-1300.