Dental bonding is ideal for patients who need small, cosmetic fixes for their smile. Perhaps you have a gap between your two front teeth that you want filled. Maybe you have a chipped tooth that needs to be repaired. With this procedure, you can keep the natural appearance of your teeth while repairing slight imperfections. Many of our patients prefer this procedure over more costly and dramatic makeovers such as veneers.
The nice feature about dental bonding is that it is an easy procedure that can be completed in under an hour. Additionally, caring for your teeth after undergoing the procedure is relatively easy. However, patients often underestimate the care that dental bonding requires in order to make your enhanced smile last. To help you get the most out of this procedure, we’ve listed 3 tips on how to care for dental bonding.
Caring for Dental Bonding:
1. Avoid dark foods and drinks for 48 hours.
Even though you should avoid staining foods and drinks at all times, especially avoid these foods for the first 48 hours after the procedure. This is important because the bonding is made from a resin that is highly susceptible to stains while it sets permanently. Avoid tea, sodas, wine, coffee and dark foods like berries for the first two days after tooth bonding.
2. Be careful when biting.
The bonding material is durable and strong but is not as strong as a natural tooth. Chipping the resin is possible if you bite down too hard. Since biting your nails, ice, hard food and other items is natural and usually done without thinking, this takes a conscious effort. We suggest switching to softer foods for the first few days to help you get into the habit of chewing softly. If you are a frequent nail biter, try painting nails with a nail biting liquid. This liquid has a bitter taste to help prevent you from biting nails and potentially chipping the bonding material.
3. Quit smoking.
Just like smoking can age and discolor your natural teeth, it can ruin the appearance of dental bonding. Bondings can look old and dirty if you smoke. Don’t ruin the time and money that you spent to improve your smile with this habit.
Of course, maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits is crucial for patients undergoing dental bonding. The resin can actually become infected by cavities. So, be sure to practice regular brushing and flossing habits to prevent decay! For more information on caring for dental bonding or to schedule your bonding appointment, visit us at Moore Dentistry or call us today at (317) 348-1354.
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