Tooth bonding is one of the common aesthetic solutions in dentistry to cover the undesirable gap between two front teeth or improve the appearance of discolored, stained, chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth. However, many people have a concern to know whether the bonded material will sustain for a long time, or they may have to repeat the treatment after a short interval of time.
At the time of initial consultation, the dentist will discuss the pros and cons of teeth bonding, and help the patient make a well-considered choice. Judicious and committed cosmetic dentist Dr. Rob Strain provides dental bonding and various other procedures to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding locations across the landscape.
Composite vs Porcelain Veneer Bonding
The procedure of teeth bonding may be performed using composite resin material or a porcelain veneer. The composite resin is a traditionally popular material in dental procedures that is highly biocompatible. This plastic resin is created in the specific color of the patient’s teeth to blend in naturally. While this material is usually more affordable, it may not have the same level of resilience and sustainability as porcelain.
Porcelain veneer bonding is much more robust and longer lasting because porcelain is a stronger material than composite resin. Even in aesthetic terms, porcelain veneers are superior and customized to the patient’s teeth. The bonding procedure requires a molding to be taken before it is sent to a lab for fabrication.
Composite resin based teeth bonding may last for several years, depending on the patient’s usage. Porcelain veneers, in varying qualities, may last for more than 10 years or even up to 20 years or more in certain qualities. While comparing the costs between composite resin bonding and porcelain veneer bonding, the patient should also consider their expected longevity in order to assess their correct cost-effectiveness.
How to Extend the Life of Bonding?
Although composite bonding may not last for as long as veneers, but with proper care, the patient can enjoy the results successfully for up to 10 years even with composite resin material. For both porcelain and composite teeth bonding, the patient should avoid excessive or regular intake of colored foods or beverages such as tea, coffee or red wine.
If they do eat or drink such foods and beverages, they should promptly wash the mouth or brush their teeth before the colored particles can stain the bonding. While eating hard foods, more care is required for composite bonding, but patients may also observe similar precautions for porcelain bonding.
Hard candy, ice cubes or other hard materials can cause the composite material to crack. Similarly, if the patient has a habit of chewing hard materials such as wood or chewing their nails, it may eventually damage the teeth bonding material. Good oral hygiene should be maintained in case of both porcelain and composite bonding to extend their life.
Patients with misaligned bite should get orthodontic treatment to improve the longevity of their bonding material. Dr. Strain’s dental office receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for teeth bonding.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.