If your teeth have minor imperfections, dental bonding is the perfect, affordable solution. And after your procedure, you should take special care to ensure the bonding lasts as long as possible.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a tooth colored composite resin that is applied to your teeth to restore your smile back to its former beauty. It can fill cracks and cavities, cover discolorations, or give misshapen, chipped or gapped teeth a perfect appearance. Bonding is a more affordable alternative to crowns and veneers. But it is not nearly as strong, and therefore requires some special care.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth discoloration. If you smoke, and are having a dental bonding procedure done, you may want to consider quitting. The composite resin material is very easily stained, and it cannot be undone. Whitening treatments, even professional ones, can't reverse the effects of staining.
Limit Beverages that Can Stain
Certain beverages - coffee, tea and red wine, to name a few - can also cause stains on your natural teeth. They can also lead to irreversible stains on dental bonding. For this reason, you should limit your intake of these beverages, and sip them through a straw when you have the opportunity.
Don't Bite Hard Objects
Dental bonding is not as strong as crowns or veneers, and cannot withstand biting down on certain objects. Avoid biting your nails or chewing on ice. Be careful with hard, crunchy foods as well.
Taking care of your teeth is just as important now, if not more so, that you have dental bonding. Regular brushing and flossing will help it to last longer and look its best. And don't forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and exams. During your visits, your dentist will check your bonding for signs of damage, and fix it if necessary.
Dental bonding is an excellent, and affordable, way to fix minor imperfections in your teeth, giving you a smile you can't wait to show off. Contact our office to see if it is right for you.