- Closing gaps between teeth
- Addressing stains
- Changing the size or shape of a tooth
- Fixing a chip or crack
The procedure involves applying a special resin to the tooth, shaping it, and then hardening it with a special light. Dental bonding can help improve your smile in a very cost-effective way.
If you’re interested in dental bonding, then you likely already know about one of its downsides: it’s not as strong as other reconstruction methods, such as dental crowns.
Still, with the right maintenance, you can enjoy your new smile for a long time. Here are 4 tips on how to keep dental bonding in good condition:
Avoid Highly Staining Foods and Drinks
Despite it being a very effective way to improve the look of your smile, dental bonding is susceptible to staining. This means that your nutrition can affect its color, same as your natural teeth.
To prevent staining dental bonding and your natural teeth, you can:
- Use a straw when drinking highly staining beverages (coffee, tea, sodas with artificial colorings)
- Cleanse the mouth with water after eating staining foods (pasta sauces, tomatoes, citruses, berries)
- See the dentist routinely for professional cleanings
Don’t Bite Down on Hard Food or Objects
With dental bonding, you can eat normally without fearing the material will damage when you chew your food. However, biting down on hard food or objects can increase the risk of the material chipping or even cracking.
Such foods include nuts, ice, crackers, or even candies, but it’s not just food. If you have a habit of chewing on pencils for instance, or opening packages with your teeth, you can also damage the dental bonding.
Stay on Top of Your Oral Hygiene
You don’t have to do anything special to care for dental bonding, but you do need to make sure you have good oral hygiene habits. This will help both dental bonding and your natural teeth.
Some oral hygiene tips include:
- Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day
- Floss daily
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Stay hydrated and eat nutritious foods
- Don’t skip your recurring dentist appointments
Address Your Tooth Grinding Habit
If you grind your teeth, then you are probably creating a lot of damage to your natural teeth, as well as the bonding material.
Speak to your dentist if you grind your teeth to find the appropriate treatment. You may need to wear a mouthguard that will protect your smile.
Interested in Dental Bonding?
Dr. Bianca Williams and Dr. John Ma are here to help you get a picture-perfect and healthy smile!
If you’re interested in dental bonding, book a consultation at EaDo Family Dental online!