Dental Bonding

Few Helpful Tips for Your Dental Bonding Treatment

Dental bonding makes use of composite resin that comes in the natural colour of the tooth. as such procedures proves an excellent solution for a number of dental issues including cracked, decayed, diseased or chipped tooth. It can also fill up the cavities in the teeth. Moreover, the procedure can improve the shape of your tooth to make it appear longer and slender. Last but nevertheless the least, the procedure can also resolve the problem of gaps between the teeth.

But here is a word of caution! You should never whiten the teeth after having the tooth bonding treatment. This is because teeth whitening treatment cannot affect a bonded tooth or teeth. In other words, the bonded tooth will remain in its original prior to the whitening procedure and will oddly standout from the rest of its counterparts in your mouth.

In the following section of the blog post let us explore why that happens.

The way dental bonding responds to colour

The procedures as well as the products that facilitate teeth bonding are known to provide a simple and effective means to get rid of unsightly stains from the teeth surface. These stains accumulate over time from certain foods, drinks and as well as habits. Agents that facilitate teeth stains are coffee, tea, cola drinks, smoking and red wine. Even fruits like berries and sauces that have tomato as an ingredient are also responsible to a large extent. Chewing tobacco is another nasty habit the gives you those unsightly stains on the teeth making you appear much older than your actual age.     But trying to whiten the bonded teeth is a completely different story.

Your dentist takes a lot of effort to match the colour of the bonding resin and porcelain with that of your natural teeth. This makes the results of the procedure absolutely natural and your bonded tooth or teeth cannot be identified separately as you smile or speak. Our natural tooth (or teeth) has innumerable tiny pores along its surface. These pores pick up the stains from various staining agents. The whitening agents too – just like the stains – penetrate the tooth surface through those very pores to remove stains and make the teeth appear brighter and whiter again.

Unlike the enamel covering of a natural tooth, the bonding resin is completely non porous. Because of this non porous nature of the resin material, whitening agents fail to penetrate inside a bonded tooth or teeth. As a result, whitening treatments have no effect on bonded teeth. This is also the reason why dentists recommend undergoing teeth whitening first which is then followed by bonding procedure. When you follow this sequence, a bonded tooth never stands out from the rest of your natural teeth.

However, the resin is likely to get discoloured over time just like any other plastic item. This discolouration results from its exposure to different staining agents.

To sum up the fact in easy and simple way we can say bonding resin is prone to get stained but there is no way to whiten it with tooth whitening procedures or products.

More about tooth bonding and whitening treatments

When is the best time to whiten the natural teeth? This is a very common question. Skilled and experienced dentists associated with the Chatfield Dental Braces in London suggest you should have the teeth whitened before undergoing a bonding procedure. When your teeth appear their whitest, a dentist can match the colour of a bonding resin with that of the present colour of your teeth easily. Furthermore, if you practice sound oral hygiene with touch-up treatments, both the natural and the bonded teeth will look similar and will not stand out from each other.

Suppose you underwent a bonding procedure in the past and now you want to whiten the teeth. So, what do you do? Your bonded tooth may have turned discolour and it is not going to respond to any whitening treatment. You are left with a pair of options.

  • Replace the existing and stained resin bonding with a fresh one that matches with the new shade of the teeth

  • Go for a porcelain veneer that matches with the new colour of the teeth (thus hiding the stained bonded tooth)

Remember if your bonding is already ten years old or more, its lifeline is almost over and it is high time to replace it.

Teeth whitening effects

Teeth whitening procedure may bring adverse side effects if not done properly. In order to ensure a positive whitening experience at home using whether ‘over the counter’ products or those prescribed by your dentist you should follow the tips below –

  • Read the instructions first carefully that come with the product package.

  • Certain products that are available over the counter may irritate the soft tissues inside the mouth, including the gums. These products are also known to trigger tooth sensitivity. Immediately stop using the product if you experience anything mentioned above. Even a burning sensation should immediately stop you from using the product.

  • Frequent or overusing of this range of products can bring about irreversible damage to your tooth enamel. As a result, you will suffer from severe tooth sensitivity.

  • Your bonded tooth will never be any lighter on repeated use of this range of products.

To ensure optimum whitening with safe experience book an in-chair whitening appointment with your dentist. A typical in-chair session lasts 30 minutes to an hour. But you may have to visit the dentist’s office quite a few times to get desired level of whiteness. The at-home option although very convenient and reasonable financially, but it is also potentially dangerous. If anything goes wrong at any point of time, you could sustain irreversible damage to the soft tissues of the mouth and the lips as well as the enamel covering of the teeth.

Dentists with years of experience in dental bonding treatment suggest, if you are planning undergoing dental bonding only for aesthetic reason, then you should consult a dentist first about whitening the teeth before going for the bonding procedure. Under the guidance of a skilled dentist whitening treatment can provide stunning results.


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