Sometimes, minor dental imperfections can take away from your smile in a big way. A chip here, a gap there… and before you know it, you’re just not smiling with full confidence anymore. Cosmetic bonding is a noninvasive procedure that can provide a big help for imperfect smiles. How long does it last, though? Your dentist provides the answer (and more on cosmetic bonding) below.
ABOUT COSMETIC BONDING
Cosmetic bonding (aka teeth bonding or dental bonding), is a way for your dentist to add to missing or imperfect tooth enamel to enhance its appearance.
Cosmetic bonding can be used to:
- Even out chips in the tooth enamel
- Fill in minor gaps between teeth
- Cover up significant stains or uneven surfaces
- Enhance the appearance of pointy or short teeth
This is a non-invasive procedure that is completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office. The biocompatible composite resin, which is made of smooth glass and plastic particles, is placed on the surface of the tooth and artfully sculpted. Then, the resin is hardened under a special curing light. And that’s it! Cosmetic bonding does not cause any discomfort, so in most cases, there’s no need for numbing anesthesia or sedation that will leave you groggy for the rest of the day. You just get to leave with an enhanced smile!
HOW LONG DOES BONDING LAST?
With proper care and maintenance, cosmetic bonding has been known to last around 10 years. After about a decade, the area usually needs to be touched up or replaced by your dentist.
Bonding may not last as long in patients who grind their teeth, bite their nails, or have other habits that put pressure on the tooth enamel. Because the composite resin is porous, it can also absorb the colors of what you eat and drink. This effect is especially present for patients who smoke — which means that cosmetic bonding may not be such a good solution for tobacco users.
HOW TO MAINTAIN DENTAL BONDING
To take care of your cosmetic bonding and help to ensure that it lasts for as long as possible, make sure you continue to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits. Avoid biting into excessively hard or chewy items to keep the area intact. If you develop a teeth grinding or jaw clenching habit, talk to your dentist about investing in a customized mouth guard. This will protect your tooth enamel as well as the bonded area to keep it healthy and intact. And, most importantly, visit our office regularly for your checkups and cleanings!
Dental bonding is an affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile — and with a 10-year lifespan, it can help for a long time to come. Don’t wait to improve your teeth with this option!
Meet the Practice
Dr. Todd Canatella and Dr. Rachel Neumeyer are pleased to offer comprehensive dental care, including cosmetic services, from the comfort of their state-of-the-art practice. To learn more about cosmetic bonding or to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in New Orleans, please do not hesitate to contact the office at (504) 613-0089.