Today, our Revelstoke dentists talk about the dental bonding procedure, including how the process works, how long the effects may last, and financial considerations.
During the dental bonding process, your dentist will apply tooth-coloured composite resin to the surfaces of your tooth or teeth, which can help repair chips, decay, fractures, or discolouration.
This material can help fill gaps left by a cavity, help improve the appearance of your teeth, and can make them appear longer. Needless to say, the appearance of your teeth before and after dental bonding can change significantly.
The Factors That Impact Will Impact How Long Your Bonding Lasts
The effects of dental bonding typically last for 4 to 8 years, and potentially longer, depending on a few factors:
- The areas of your mouth being bonded
- Your dietary choices
- Whether you attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments (twice each year)
- How well you take care of your teeth (maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine including daily brushing and flossing)
How long your dental bonding lasts is mostly up to how well you care for your teeth. Avoid acidic or sugary foods, as these can wear on your teeth. If you enjoy fruit, brush and floss your teeth soon after so plaque or bacteria does not have the chance to grow.
Also avoid chewing ice, hard candy, grinding your teeth, or biting down too hard, all of which can chip the bonding material.
And of course, maintaining a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine is of utmost importance. The healthier the natural tooth material around the bonding material remains, the longer the restoration will last.
Dental Bonding Benefits
If you choose dental bonding to improve the appearance of your smile, you may experience the following benefits:
Changes in how your teeth look: Dental bonding can help adjust the colour and shape of your teeth to provide a more symmetrical, cohesive appearance.
Non-invasive: As far as cosmetic treatments go, dental bonding is relatively non-invasive and you won't require any recovery time.
Quick treatment: We can usually perform the procedure in just one visit.
Cost-effective: Dental bonding is generally considered to be a cost-effective alternative to more extensive cosmetic dental procedures such as crowns, bridges, and veneers.
Long-lasting: As long as you care for your smile properly, you can expect the effects of dental bonding to last for 4 to 8 years, or longer in some cases.
The Cost of Dental Bonding
Patients who come to us for dental bonding procedures are often concerned about cost. Your specific cost will depend on a few factors:
- Your location – costs may change depending on which city and dental practice performs the procedure
- Scope of work, location, and size of the areas of the mouth being bonded
- The number of teeth being repaired
- How much of the costs your insurance will cover for your procedure (this may depend on whether your issue is primarily structural or cosmetic)