I recently had dental bonding done on some of my teeth to improve my smile. It’s only been about two and a half weeks and they’re already starting to stain. The only thing that I can think I may have done to them is drink coffee, but my dentist never told me not to. Will I have to avoid coffee from now on? (Please say no). Also, someone told me Supersmile might help. Is that true?
I’m glad you wrote. While it is true that dental bonding will start picking up stains after a while, you haven’t had them long enough for this to be normal. Supersmile is great for picking up surface stains without damaging the dental work, but it will not work in this case. You have a different problem than surface stains. It sounds like you went to a dentist who is not as skilled in cosmetic work. Maybe he’s a fine general dentist, but he hasn’t invested in the training necessary to do beautiful cosmetic work. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty so it is up to the dentist how much, if any, training he receives. It has to be post-doctoral training too because these techniques are not taught in dental school.
Different Types of Dental Bonding
The composites used in dental bonding are a blend of a plastic resin with inorganic fillers. These fillers vary in their properties, including their particle sizes. Hybrids are strong, but the large size of their particles means they cannot be polished to a high shine, which is necessary to keep them looking beautiful.
Microfills are the opposite. Their tiny particles mean they can be polished up to a shine that will make them look like your natural teeth. However, they are not quite as strong. There are some newer nanofiller composites that are claiming to have both durability and high polishability. I’m looking forward to seeing if this is accurate.
An experienced cosmetic dentist would have put the high durability composites on the interior of the teeth, then apply a microfill to get that high polish. It sounds to me like your dentist either doesn’t have the requisite polishing equipment or does not stock the needed variety of composites.
Where to Go From Here
My suggestion is to go back to your dentist and give him or her a chance to make this right. You can show them this post and see if they can get it right. If not, request a refund and then go to an expert cosmetic dentist to have them do this. However, I will say if you are covering the entire surface of the tooth a better solution would be to have porcelain veneers placed. These will last much longer.
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