How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

Composite bonding lasts for around 5 years on average. The material lacks the hardness of natural teeth, meaning it is more susceptible to wearing down, chipping, breaking or staining. These factors all contribute to its limited lifespan. However, composite bonding can last much longer if you make proactive efforts to protect it. Unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices can cause your dental bonding to wear down faster, requiring frequent repairs and touch-ups.
Composite bonding lasts for around 5 years on average. The material lacks the hardness of natural teeth, meaning it is more susceptible to wearing down, chipping, breaking or staining. These factors all contribute to its limited lifespan. However, composite bonding can last much longer if you make proactive efforts to protect it. Unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices can cause your dental bonding to wear down faster, requiring frequent repairs and touch-ups.
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December 4, 2023

What is Composite Bonding?

Whether you have chipped front teeth or desire a smile makeover, composite bonding is the solution. This single-appointment procedure expertly addresses various concerns, offering remarkable results for front teeth without the need for extensive drilling.

Composite or dental bonding is a clinical technique which applies a composite resin, matched to your natural tooth colour, to the surface of your teeth.

Many patients we have treated have been amazed at how much of a visual impact cosmetic bonding makes when it is done artistically! Also, they love the fact we haven’t cut away any of their teeth and they don’t have the ongoing cost of maintaining veneers, but is dental bonding a permanent solution? How long does composite bonding last?

composite bonding before and after

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

Composite bonding lasts for around 5 years on average. The material lacks the hardness of natural teeth, meaning it is more susceptible to wearing down, chipping, breaking or staining. These factors all contribute to its limited lifespan. However, composite bonding can last much longer if you make proactive efforts to protect it. Unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices can cause your dental bonding to wear down faster, requiring frequent repairs and touch-ups.

composite bonding procedure

What Factors Can Affect How Long Composite Bonding Lasts?

The length of time your composite bonding will last depends on a number of factors:

Where your teeth have been bonded

Bonding on the back of your teeth or on your side teeth tends to last longer than on your front teeth, which are more exposed and vunerable to damage.

Type and Quantity of Bonding Material

High quality composite resin, like what we use at Edgbaston Smile, increases the durability, but it is important to apply the correct amount to the teeth. Both too much and too little material can lead to issues, emphasising the importance of relying on an expert dentist for the procedure.

Health and Strength of the Teeth

Strong and healthy teeth provide better support for bonding, contributing to its extended lifespan. Weaker teeth may struggle to maintain the bond, resulting in chipping or breakage.

Lifestyle and Habits

Neglecting dental care, consuming harmful food and drinks, and engaging in habits like nail-biting or teeth-gritting can accelerate the deterioration of bonding.

Woman with composite bonding brushing her teeth to make it last longer

How To Make Your Teeth Bonding Last Longer?

The durability of your teeth bonding is predominantly, if not entirely, within your control. To ensure an extended lifespan of over a decade, consider implementing the following measures:

  1. Maintain a Regular Brushing Routine: Brush your teeth twice a day using non-abrasive toothpaste containing fluoride and soft-bristle brushes. This practice helps prevent the accumulation of staining and decay-causing substances in your teeth.
  2. Adopt Proper Flossing Techniques: Regularly floss using the correct technique to enhance oral hygiene. If uncertain about the proper method, seek guidance from our professionals to ensure effective flossing.
  3. Undergo Professional Cleaning and Regular Checkups: Schedule professional cleanings and regular dental checkups to detect any issues with your bonding at an early stage. This proactive approach allows for timely corrections and expert advice, contributing to the prolonged life of your composite bonding.
  4. Avoid Chewing on Hard Items: Refrain from chewing on hard items, such as candies, ice cubes, or fingernails, with the bonded portion of your teeth. The pressure exerted during such activities can lead to chipping or breaking of the bonding. Additionally, avoid using your teeth to open food packets.
  5. Minimise Consumption of Staining Substances: Cut down on or avoid consumption of teeth-staining items like coffee, tea, red wine, and curry. If unavoidable, rinse your mouth immediately after consumption to prevent staining. Using a metal straw for teeth-staining beverages can also be beneficial.
  6. Quit Smoking and Tobacco Use: Cease smoking and chewing tobacco, as these habits not only harm your overall health but also negatively impact your bonded teeth. Avoid habits like chewing on pen caps and biting fingernails. Reduce the intake of sugary and acidic food and beverages.

Start your Composite Bonding Journey Today

Composite bonding is one of our most popular treatments, and can be performed on adults of all ages with incredible results.

Composite bonding can treat problems such as:

  • Gapped Teeth
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Discoloured Teeth
  • Misshaped Teeth
  • Inconsistent Teeth Length

To book a consultation with our expert composite bonding dentist, Dr Shobhna Chauhan, call the clinic on 0121 456 7930, or book online here.

Edgbaston Smile
Edgbaston Smile Clinic in Birmingham offers a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments to refresh, restore and rejuvenate your smile. Our aim is to promote oral health and achieve great aesthetic and functional results.

Our ethos is to place our clients’ needs at the centre of everything that we do and provide the highest quality of service.
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