Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Cosmetic dentistry is everywhere these days.
With new materials, especially dental "superglues," we're reshaping teeth, filling gaps between teeth, restoring broken teeth, replacing missing teeth, placing lighter braces. The technique is called dental bonding, and the aesthetic result is wonderful.
But it's not forever.
The American Dental Association puts the life of tooth bonding materials at about five years. This may be a conservative estimate, but there will come a time when a bond needs attention.
In general, if you treat a bonded tooth like your other teeth, you'll keep your dental restoration intact longer. Lax home care habits or the wrong foods can hasten wear and tear.
So go easy. If your tooth restoration is brand new, or years old and still flawless, keep smiling. With care, we've seen dental bonding last a long, long time.
Here are some reminders to help lengthen the life of your dental restoration.
- Expect to come in more often just after your tooth restoration is placed. The edges of bonded restorations need a once-over after
a few months to verify a smooth fit. And we'll check to make sure there is no gum irritation, too.
- Certain unforgiving foods can threaten any dental restoration. Watch nuts, hard candies, some fresh fruits—a bond could crack. We don't see it often, but with heavy-handed treatment, veneers can pop right off—not a real confidence-builder in a crowd.
- Nail-biting and ice-chewing are out.
- Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft brush.
- Coffee, tea, colas, and cigarettes, of course, are not your restoration's best friends. They stain, among other unsavory things.