Dental bonding is a fast, economical, and conservative way to give your smile an instant lift. Your dentist can fill a gap, repair a chipped tooth, or hide a deep stain in a front tooth by cementing a bit of restorative material to it.
Bonding works great as a cosmetic solution, but it’s not a strong restorative one. If you aren’t careful, you can easily damage your bonded tooth, weakening it even further.
What should you do to preserve this beautiful enhancement to your smile?
Practice Great Oral Hygiene
Excellent oral hygiene is not only good for your natural teeth, but it’s also the most effective way to preserve your dental restorations. Brush daily with a non-abrasive toothpaste, floss carefully around fillings placed between teeth, and use products that contain fluoride to strengthen the enamel of bonded teeth.
Avoid Foods That Stain
Dark-pigmented items like wine, soda, and curries can discolor the resin in bonding material. It kind of defeats the purpose if a pretty white cosmetic filling on a front tooth turns an ugly brown color.
Your Teeth Aren’t Tools!
Yes, your teeth are excellent tools for chewing food. That’s the kind of work they are suited for. But using your teeth to tear off tags or break into food wrappers is a sure way to jeopardize them or pop something off your tooth.
This is especially true for cosmetic or restorative dental bonding. A little too much pressure, and your bonded restoration can fracture right off, perhaps even taking a little more of your tooth along with it.
For more tips on making your bonding last for as long as possible, visit your local dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Royal Oak Family Dental
7101 NW 150th St. Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
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