Composite bonding aftercare

Composite bonding lasts for 5-7 years, though there are some aftercare considerations which affect its lifespan. Here are some of our tips and tricks to help you keep your smile in great condition.

How do I look after my composite bonding?

Composite isn’t as strong as your natural teeth, so it can chip and break if you are not careful. While you are getting used to your new smile, there are a few things we recommend avoiding to ensure your results are maintained for as long as possible:

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything that is bright or richly coloured (for at least the first 48-hours), including strawberries, blueberries, red wine and coffee
  • Avoid food or drinks that are very hot (for at least the first 48-hours)
  • Do not bite your nails
  • Avoid grinding your teeth. We know this might happen while you sleep, so we offer mouth guards with some of our composite bonding treatments; please ask your Treatment Advisor for more information
  • Avoid directly chewing with your front teeth when you are eating foods such as carrots, apples, meat which may have bones or grit in it, hard bread rolls or anything else which requires a tough chew


You should also make sure you are following great oral hygiene practices, as this will prolong the results. Great oral hygiene practices include brushing your teeth a minimum of two times daily and using dental floss and mouthwash daily. You should also continue to see your dentist for your regularly scheduled check ups to ensure any issues are found as early as possible.

During your consultation we’ll discuss habits that could cause damage to your composite bonding, like biting nails and teeth grinding to spot and prevent them early.

What happens if my composite bonding breaks or chips?

In the instance your composite bonding does break or chip, it can quickly and easily be repaired. We recommend a quick visit to the clinic, where a dentist will take a look at the damage and make an informed recommendation regarding next steps. In most cases, new bonding can be applied on top of the existing bonding and you’ll be in and out in one session. 

If you composite bonding does happen to break or chip, you should contact the clinic on 020 3814 7771 between 8am-8pm Monday-Friday or 10am-2pm Saturdays and Sundays.

How long does composite bonding last?

Composite bonding lasts for roughly 5-7 years, though there are some aftercare considerations which affect its lifespan.

You will need to avoid tea, coffee, smoking and foods which may cause discolouration within the first 48-hours after treatment and consider cutting back in the longer-term to keep your smile brighter for longer.

You will need to brush your teeth regularly with a good toothbrush and visit the hygienist as part of your dental routine, as healthy teeth & gums will ensure your composite bonding lasts as long as possible.

Finally, avoiding biting your nails will ensure your composite bonding doesn’t chip and stays strong.

Can composite bonding fall off?

When properly cared for, Composite Bonding shouldn’t fall off. But as with most procedures, damage can happen.

When a patient has a very difficult bite, or their bite isn’t checked after bonding is placed, it could fall off in time. We’d always check in on bite capacity during pre-screening.  

We’d also advise a pre-treatment visit to the hygienist. This is because if blood or saliva (common side effects of poor gum health) are present while the material is placed, it may not adhere, or stick – causing a de-bond later on. 

What do I do if I have an issue with my composite bonding?

If this does happen, we’re on call to answer any questions. You can call us on 020 3814 7771 between 8am-8pm Monday-Friday or 10am-2pm Saturdays and Sundays. If you are worried about the integrity of your natural teeth, we recommend consulting your regular dentist immediately.