I don’t know what is happening. I had dental bonding done on six of my front teeth. It’s been only a week and they’re turning yellow. I really loved them when I first got them and expected them to last a few years. What do I do? Can I whiten them?
I am sorry this has happened to you. There are a couple of possibilities here. One is that your dentist used subpar materials. The second is that you did something to damage the polish on them. Either way, the fault will likely lie with your dentist because it is his responsibility to instruct you on your post-operative care.
Is it possible you brushed your dental bonding with something abrasive such as an over the counter whitening toothpaste or some baking soda? This will scratch the polish on the bonding allowing them to pick up stains much more quickly than they would otherwise. Many people aren’t aware that whitening toothpastes that you purchase at the store “whiten” your teeth by using abrasives. This creates a wicked cycle of making your teeth look whiter by scraping off stains, but it also creates micro-scratches on the surface of your teeth that causes them to pick up stains more quickly.
The only type of whitening toothpaste I would ever recommend is Supersmile Toothpaste, which uses a natural enzyme to whiten your teeth without any damage.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening won’t get them any brighter or whiter. It will only work on natural tooth structure. Because it has been such a short time since they provided your dental bonding for you, I am going to suggest you call and ask them to repolish them for you.
Caring For Your Dental Bonding
- The best toothpaste for any type of cosmetic work is Supersmile Toothpaste. It’s specifically designed to remove stains without doing anything that will damage the work.
- Like with anything related to your teeth, brushing and flossing is an important part of keeping the bonding healthy and shiny.
- Make certain your dental hygienist knows how to care for your dental bonding. For instance, during your cleanings it is important she doesn’t use anything like a power prophy jet or acidulated fluoride, which will damage the polish on them.
- If you use a mouthwash, make sure it is alcohol-free. Alcohol can loosen the bonding.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.