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Teeth Bonding: Whitening for a Better Smile

Teeth Bonding: Whitening for a Better Smile

Posted by:  Admin
06th April, 2021

Whether it is to restore your dental health or improve teeth aesthetics, dental bonding is one among many of the tooth restoration works that come in handy. Since bonding uses a life-like resin, this can be used in place of traditional metal fillings to fix teeth that's chipped or alter the size of a tooth marked for cosmetic treatment.

When restoring teeth, so much of special care may not be needed, however in the case of whitening bonded teeth, here is what you should know.

Teeth bonding and colour

Dents or stain on the teeth is a common occurrence nearly everyone has had to deal with at some point in life. What stains the teeth is the common everyday food and drinks like tea, coffee, etc. For those who smoke, stains are caused by nicotine from cigarettes - the reason for the yellowish or brownish discolouration of the teeth. A very good way to get rid of this type of problem is via teeth whitening.

But you must bear in mind that there are several limitations that come with whitening bonded teeth. Research shows that the resin used in this procedure doesn't get easily stained or whitened like the natural enamel, but with time can get discoloured. So, why is it difficult for bonded teeth to respond to teeth whitening? The reason is that the resin is not as porous as the natural tooth enamel. When the agents that stain the teeth move into the pores of the teeth, stains occur. However, bonding resin and porcelain are not porous, so their colour doesn't change, but they can get stained. Another thing is that bonded teeth don't get whitened. Should the bonded part of your teeth change colour, it could get difficult to successfully treat it.

When should you whiten bonded teeth?

For bonding procedure, the dentist will pick a resin that has a colour close to that of your natural teeth for a perfect match - eliminating every trace of artificial teeth. But, this may be a challenge should you decide to whiten your teeth. Research also shows that many bonding materials don't absorb whitening agents effectively, so you may have a teeth that's whiter than the initial treatment. Due to this, your untreated teeth may appear stained in some parts because of this colour difference.

Should the contrast be obvious, you can opt for veneers or other procedures to make your teeth colour the same. To be on the safe side, it's better to whiten before bonding your teeth. By this, your teeth remain white by the time a matching resin is chosen for bonding. When you maintain your teeth white with proper dental care and some retouching, there'll always be a blend between your natural and bonded teeth. For cosmetic teeth bonding, contact our practice.

Does teeth whitening have other effects?

Even if your teeth aren't bonded, teeth whitening has got other side effects. For instance, some over-the-counter whitening products can cause soft tissue irritation. This problem is rare at a professional teeth whitening as your lips, tongue, and gum will be carefully protected with a gel by the dentist.

Teeth sensitivity is another issue associated with a whitening treatment. Though it may disappear after a while, frequent whitening can make this occurrence happen more. A good toothpaste recommended by the dentist can fight sensitivity.

Should you be thinking of tooth bonding to improve aesthetics, do well to consult with your cosmetic dentist at Museum Dental Suites. We will show you how best to handle stains. You are just a phone call away – 0207 183 0886.


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