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Posted on 11/20/2019 by Dr. Michael Allard
Dental bonding is the process of filling a broken or chipped tooth with a composite resin plastic. It is a simple and economical fix for some cosmetic damage done to teeth. Although it is an easy procedure it can be the wrong choice for a variety of reasons. What follows are some of those reasons why dental bonding can be a bad idea.
Not Long Lasting
The material used to bond the teeth is nowhere near as long-lasting as the dentine that composes the enamel. A bond can last between three and seven years, whereas a crown or a veneer can last upwards of 40 years. The length of a bond can be increased with diligent mouth care, such as brushing twice a day and flossing regularly.Although this also includes avoiding things such as hard candies, ice cubes, and other hard food products that could potentially cause the bond to break. You will have to be ever mindful of how hard you bite down and whether or not you clench your teeth out of nervousness or anxiety. Also, if you grind your teeth in your sleep this can reduce the lifetime of the bond.
Stained Very Easily
If you are red wine or coffee drinker, the dental bond can be discolored much faster than regular enamel. Since the resin is more permeable than regular teeth the drinking or eating of dark-colored foods has a pronounced effect on the bond. Although this can be slowed down by limiting the intake of these types of food and drink. If you are a regular coffee or red wine drinker, it might be better to consider a permanent option such as veneers. They last longer and are more resilient to all types of food as they are made of porcelain instead of plastic.If you have any questions about the pros and cons of dental bonding be sure to call our office. We would love to schedule a consultation where we can discuss theses details in depth with you. Whether choosing a dental bond or a more permanent option we are here to help. Call us today!