I had dental bonding placed just two weeks ago. It has already started staining, which surprised me. I did some research and realized it could be my coffee drinking. It was also suggested that I purchase Supersmile Toothpaste. Do you know if this will allow me to continue drinking coffee or if I will have to give it up? My dentist never told me to stay away from anything in particular.
While it is true that dental bonding will pick up stains after a while, a few weeks is way too soon. I have a supicion your dentist is just a bread and butter general dentist and not one who does any significant amount of cosmetic work in his practice.
Dental bonding is made with a blend of composite and inorganic fillers. There are a variety of fillers and sizes. Some examples of this are silica, quartz, and glass. Hybrid composites are strong, but because their particles are larger they cannot be glossed to a high shine. Microfills, because they are very small, can be polished to a luster as shiny as natural tooth enamel but are not as strong. There is a newer nanofill composite which claims to have both strength and polishability. Because it is new, we have to see how that pans out.
Most general dentists, who don’t do a lot of cosmetic work, will just keep hybrid composites on hand because they are looking for durability. But, when you are talking about appearance, you need a combination. A skilled cosmetic dentist will use the hybrid on the inner part of the tooth and then use the microfills on the surface on the teeth which allows them to get the high shine you need to protect your teeth from staining.
My suggestion is that you return to your dentist and share what you’ve learned here. He should be willing to improve the shine. If he is incapable, then you will have to go to an expert cosmetic dentist.
Whenever we are talking about aethetic dentistry of any kind, I recommend you see an AACD accredited dentist. These are the top cosmetic dentists in the country and can give you stunning results.
I don’t know what your dental bonding was for, whether it was to repair a chip, close a tooth gap, or purely to give you a smile makeover. If you were doing a smile makeover, you will get longer lasting, more beautiful results with porcelain veneers.
As for Supersmile toothpaste, it does an excellent job removing surface stains from dental work. However, if yours has lost its shine, it won’t be helpful there. Save the toothpaste for when your bonding is repaired.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.