Can a cosmetic dentist clean up my stained dental bonding?


I am a regular smoker. I don’t consider myself a chain smoker though. 2 years ago, I got dental bonding on 4 front teeth. They are now noticeably stained and I tried to whiten them myself with whitening strips but I can’t see any difference at all. I have unsuccessfully tried to stop smoking several times in the past with no good results. So now I am wondering if I will have to get new bonding or if a cosmetic dentist can clean up the bonding. Matt
Matt – It is possible that a cosmetic dentist can polish the bonding to remove the stains. He or she will first need to examine your teeth to determine if polishing will work or if it’s time to replace the bonding.
In time, coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking all discolor our natural teeth and dental bonding. Composite bonding is also affected by acidic drinks, excessive alcohol consumption, and some toothpastes; the bonding will become dull and excessive alcohol consumption weakens bonding. Dental bonding is not as strong and stain resistant as porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers. It can last three to eight years, whereas crowns or veneers can last fifteen to twenty years, depending on how well you take care of them.
If you want your dental bonding to last, we recommend that you maintain good oral hygiene by flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Visit your dentist regularly for routine cleanings. Be aware that smoking not only affects your dental bonding, it increases your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Limit coffee, tea, red wine, and excessive alcohol consumption. Avoid biting hard objects, such as ice, carrots, pencils, etc., to prevent the bonding from chipping.
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Cracked 2 teeth playing musical chairs. Which cosmetic dentistry is best?


Over the weekend I was bar hopping with some friends. We ended up drinking more than I thought we would, singing karaoke and playing musical chairs until late. I didn’t make it in a seat and my feet slipped out from under me. When I fell I also slid and my teeth hit the metal on one of the chairs. I now have a crack to in two different teeth. Won’t be repeating that performance. What cosmetic treatment will work best for me a veneer or a crown? – Tim

Tim – Your teeth need to be examined by an experienced cosmetic dentist. The treatment that will be recommended will depend on the length and severity of the crack in each tooth.

It is possible that your teeth can be restored with dental bonding. After your teeth are roughened, composite bonding that matches the color of your teeth will be applied to them. The bonding will be smoothed, shaped, and polished for a natural look. You will have to be careful to avoid an excess of food and drink that can stain your bonding, such as berries, coffee, tea, and colas. Tobacco use can also stain bonding.

Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns are more stain resistant. They are also more durable than dental bonding, which will wear and need to be replaced in a few years.

If you are fortunate enough to find an accredited cosmetic dentist, the results with the restoration of your teeth will be so beautiful that you won’t be able to tell the teeth were once damaged.

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How long does teeth bonding last?


I have 2 chipped teeth. I am deciding on whether to fix it with porcelain veneers or teeth bonding. How long does teeth bonding last? Thanks. Veronica

Veronica – Dental bonding works well for small repairs in teeth. Although it is not as durable as porcelain, if taken care of, it can last up to ten years.

Smoking, coffee, and tea tend to stain bonding. Excessive alcohol consumption will weaken the bonding and cause it to wear away prematurely.

Find a skilled cosmetic dentist who uses quality bonding material and has a variety of material so that the bonding will match your natural teeth. Keep your appointment for regular checkups and cleanings. If your bonding stains frequently, your cosmetic dentist may be able to polish the stains away.

Take care of your bonding to help it last long.

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Finding a cosmetic dentist who does good bonding work


How can I find a cosmetic dentist that does good bonding work? I know that the dentists aren’t making the porcelain veneers themselves, but I have two acquaintances that have had porcelain veneers fall off. So I know how important the bonding is. Before I select a cosmetic dentist, I need a little advice on how to find a good one for bonding. – Sheri M.

Sheri – Your choice of a cosmetic dentist matters for both the bonding work and for the porcelain veneers themselves.

The cosmetic dentist has to plan your treatment, take quality impressions, and give details about the shade, texture, translucency, and shape of your veneers. When the veneers are returned from the lab, the cosmetic dentist will approve the work and bond the veneers to your teeth, or return the veneers to the lab for adjustments—or for them to be completely re-made. The results of an expert ceramist at a lab are very dependent on the instructions received from the cosmetic dentist. It is the expertise of both professionals that result in a beautiful smile makeover.

Additionally, if a dentist does not have excellent artistic inclination, he or she is unlikely choose a ceramist with the same inclination. An expert cosmetic dentist knows how the ceramist will affect the end result. A cosmetic dentist with an artistic eye wants you to have a beautiful smile and will choose a ceramist and lab that will produce those results.

If you need assistance finding a skilled cosmetic dentist in your area, is an excellent resource. The website is run by a retired cosmetic dentist. Names are not randomly added to Dentists’ training and credentials are checked, and photos of their work are submitted before their names are added to the website.

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Can a broken tooth in my bridge be fixed?


My eight upper front teeth have a bridge. I am trying not to get overly anxious about this, but I just moved from Maine and I don’t have a dentist yet. The second from my left front tooth chipped. Can it be fixed without having to re-do the entire bridge?

The same techniques that repair a porcelain crown can be used to repair the broken tooth in your bridge.

The chipped porcelain must be cleaned and prepared for bonding. If the bridge is porcelain fused to metal, it will then be rinsed and carefully etched with hydrofluoric acid or with a microetcher that is used to blast fine aluminum oxide particles.

The porcelain will be primed with a silane coupling agent and coated with bonding resin. A metal bonding agent and an opaquer will be used to treat any exposed metal. Composite resins that are translucent and that can be highly polished will be layered to match the properties of the porcelain.

You will need to take care of the composite repair. Extensive alcohol consumption softens composite, and smoking and extensive coffee drinking tend to stain it.

We recommend that you find an expert cosmetic dentist to repair the tooth. He or she will have the necessary material and equipment to properly repair and bridge. You won’t be able to tell that the tooth was broken.

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