How to Care for Bonded Teeth

After you receive tooth bonding treatment, you want to ensure your bonded teeth last. You also want bright and natural-looking bonded teeth to blend in with your natural smile. We’re here to help you reach your cosmetic goals with dental bonding treatment in our Arlington Heights, IL, dental office. 

How to Care for Bonded Teeth

Caring for Dental Bonding in Arlington Heights, IL

Tooth bonding uses malleable, tooth-colored composite resin to add structure to damaged teeth and brighten discolored teeth. This cosmetic treatment can improve the aesthetics and comfort of your smile. Bonded teeth need the right care, just like your natural teeth. To best care for your bonded teeth:

Don’t Use Teeth As Tools

Using your teeth to open packages may be tempting, but it’s bad for your natural and bonded teeth. When using your teeth as tools, you place pressure on them that you wouldn’t place with hard or crunchy foods. Trying to tear packages open with your teeth can potentially wear or place strain on them. Wait until you can find scissors before using your teeth.

Be Aware of Hard and Crunchy Foods

Biting into hard foods with your front teeth can affect bonded teeth in this area. Being careful with your teeth directly after bonding treatment is especially important. You may want to eat softer foods after your teeth bonding treatment and gradually add harder foods as you are accustomed to your new bite. This will be especially important if you have damaged a tooth prior. 

Gently Brush and Floss

You can clean your bonded teeth as you would your natural teeth. Gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush. Avoid toothpaste with abrasive ingredients, as they can damage your bonding.

Many patients may forget flossing, but flossing is an important part of a good oral hygiene routine. Floss before you brush to remove debris from between natural and bonded teeth. Harmful bacteria feed on food debris left on and between teeth, contributing to tooth decay and gum disease.

Receive Regular Checkups

We will examine your teeth and gums at regular dental check-ups to look for signs of emerging dental problems. We can also provide dental cleanings to ensure your bonded and natural teeth stay bright and healthy.

Harmful bacteria can still build on your bonded teeth, and while the bonding material is unaffected, bacteria can affect natural teeth and gums. A good oral hygiene routine and scheduling regular dental cleanings will keep you in good oral health. 

Do you need more tips to care for your bonded teeth? Are you interested in dental bonding treatment? Call (847) 230-9703 or request a dental consultation with us online for dental bonding treatment in Arlington Heights, IL. Let us know if you have questions about dental bonding; we’re here to help.