Brand new white composite dental fillings are wonderful because they blend in perfectly with tooth enamel.
But dark ugly stains can make these restorations more visible with time.
The stain around them can be caused by things like:
Naturally, one of the most effective ways to avoid discolored composite fillings is to avoid the things that cause the stain.
However, there are a few other things you can do that might help.
Most whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives such as baking soda. These can buff out surface stains on teeth and white dental restorations. Use this in moderation, however. Too many abrasives can have an opposite effect, scratching up fillings and making them more likely to retain stain with their roughness.
Make it a habit to sip water frequently throughout the day. You can rinse out staining foods as quickly as they go in, so that the pigments don’t have time to settle into fillings.
Update Your Fillings
With time, stain could be a sign of decay or damage in an old dental filling. Replacing your restoration may be the best option. In the case of fillings on front teeth falling out of repair, you may need a more long-lasting cosmetic solution. Dental crowns and veneers make perfect upgrades for stained composite restorations at the front of your smile.
A professional dental cleaning may be your ticket to whiter dental fillings. Some stains can be blasted away with the help of specialized stain-removing tools. Make sure that you schedule at least two dental cleanings a year to prevent excessive stain buildup.
Want to learn more about keeping your dental fillings stain-free? Visit your local dentist to discuss your options.
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