Composite bonding is a popular alternative to porcelain veneers because the material itself bonds very tightly with the surface of the tooth, instead of being attached with adhesives. If you've chosen this technique for improving the shape and color of your smile, you still need to take care of the new additions to prevent staining and chipping. These five tips prevent damage in between visits to the dentist.
Wear a Night Guard
It only takes one or two nights of grinding and clenching your teeth to damage the bonded material. Even if you don't usually experience these problems, it's much safer to simply start wearing a plastic night guard when you sleeping instead of dealing with the pain and cost of emergency repairs.
Avoid Abrasive Toothpaste
Many toothpaste products contain extra abrasives, like baking soda, to scrub the surface of the tooth and reduce light stains. Don't let your desire for a whiter smile damage the composites. Abrasives make the surface of the bonded sections porous and more likely to stain.
Never Skip a Cleaning
When you know you're doing a great job of brushing and flossing religiously, it's tempting to skip a few dental cleanings to save time and money. However, bonded composites need this regular polishing to stay smooth, white, and natural looking.
Brush Twice a Day
Of course, you can't neglect your daily oral hygiene routine once your composites are in place either. Failing to brush at least two or three times a day will leave the composites stained fairly quickly. A coating of material on the surface won't stop the rest of the tooth from being damaged either, so remember to floss too.
Change Your Diet
Finally, consider making the usual recommended changes to your diet to reduce staining. Composites don't stain particularly faster than natural tooth material, but they are a little more tricky to bleach white again. The most common recommendations include
- Dropping darkly colored drinks like red wine, cola, and coffee or using a straw
- Rinsing your mouth promptly after eating blueberries, blackberries, and other pigment-heavy fruits
- Avoiding strong acids like lemon juice and high concentrations of vinegar
- Swapping tomato sauce and soy sauce for lighter colored alternatives
- Skipping artificially pigmented foods like candies and popsicles.
Of course, all these care tips protect your natural teeth from damage too. There's no need to make many unusual changes to your routine, because bonded composites are surprisingly durable.
For more information, contact a clinic like Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic.