White, or composite, dental fillings are the popular choice because of their aesthetic value and non-invasive design. They match the color of your teeth far better than metal fillings do!
The downside is that they can be prone to stain. When they become discolored from the foods you eat, they can stand out in contrast with your teeth. That kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it?
How can you keep your beautiful composite fillings white for as long as possible?
Watch What You Eat
Avoid heavily staining foods such as:
If you do enjoy these items notorious for dark pigments, rinse with water afterwards! The less time these dark substances spend near tooth surfaces, the less will be absorbed around your white fillings.
Keep Up Excellent Oral Hygiene
Regularly brush your composite fillings with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Keep the tooth surrounding each filling strong by using products that contain sodium fluoride. By frequently brushing and rinsing away those dark, staining products, then they won’t have much opportunity to stick around.
Update Your Fillings As Needed
A little stain is no reason to change out your fillings. But if the fillings are very old and very visible when you smile, then updating them will improve the appearance of your teeth.
There may come a point when you are ready to update your aged white fillings for a solution with dramatic and lasting results. Front teeth will look so much better when old fillings in them are replaced with crowns or veneers. Talk with your dentist about your best options. An examination will help you decide when you need to whiten, vs. when you need to change your fillings out for good.
Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
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