Preparing for Your Next Trip to the Dentist

With a little preparation, you can make sure that you get much more from your next trip to the dentist. Your local dentist doesn't just check on the health of your teeth, they can also offer many other treatments. This website is designed to bring up the best info possible about the range of treatments a dental professional can offer you. We will be looking at dentures, tartar removal, tooth replacement and much more. While no one who contributes to this site is a trained dentist, everyone is extremely interested in researching and writing about this topic. Thank you for checking out this site.

Avoiding Discoloured Dental Bonding: Why Some People Might Find It Difficult

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Dentistry offers you a number of ways to give your smile a makeover. While dental crowns and veneers might be the best-known methods, sometimes only a minor alteration is needed. With dental bonding, your dentist applies tooth-coloured resin to your teeth, which then dries and covers any small imperfections. It's remarkably effective and cost-effective, although the trick with tooth-coloured dental bonding is to maintain its tooth-coloured appearance. Some people might find this to be a challenge.

Prone to Discolouration

Dental bonding is prone to discolouration due to its material. It's made of a composite resin, which means that it's plastic. Once it has set, the resin is nonporous. This is different to the porous nature of the dental enamel that coats your teeth. Discolouration can be removed from enamel via teeth whitening because the active ingredient is able to penetrate the surface of your teeth. This isn't the case with dental bonding. Once it has become discoloured, it will stay that way. The way to avoid this is to teach yourself some new habits.

A Quick, Regular Rinse

You might already know that there are several types of food and drink which are notorious for the way in which they can stain your teeth. Coffee, tea and red wine are perhaps the worst culprits. Any discolouration is slow to develop, so you must get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after consuming anything with the capacity to discolour your dental work. This habit won't eliminate the possibility of discolouration, but it will slow it down considerably.

Staining and Smoking

Rinsing your mouth will have little effect on the discolouration caused by smoking. This is because the staining agents (tar and nicotine) are introduced to your mouth as smoke, rather than as a solid or liquid. As a smoker, your dentist may have tried to discourage you from going ahead with dental bonding, as rapid discolouration is largely inevitable. However, while smoking will quickly discolour composite resin, its strength and effectiveness will not necessarily have been affected. You can either live with the discolouration, have your bonding replaced (which is only effective if you stop smoking) or have the bonding replaced with porcelain dental crowns or veneers (which are more expensive, although less susceptible to discolouration).

Having dental bonding performed on your teeth comes with certain expectations, namely doing everything you can to reduce the severity of discolouration. While discoloured bonding might be completely intact, it cannot be whitened, and so the only way to remove this discolouration is to replace your bonding. It's best to do everything to can to minimise discolouration to spare yourself the unnecessary expense of replacement. 


3 September 2021