What to do after dental bonding?

Healing Your Smiles: Post-Op Instructions After Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a versatile process that can improve the appearance of your teeth. It can repair chips, cover gaps, or alter the contour of the tooth. To ensure the longevity and success of your dental bonding, following these detailed post-operative instructions is crucial.

Immediate Aftercare

  • Sensitivity: It is expected to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures after your dental bonding procedure. This sensitivity should subside within a few days. If it persists, please get in touch with our office.
  • Chewing and Eating: Your bonded teeth will be set and fully hardened when you leave our office, allowing you to eat immediately after the procedure. However, avoiding hard foods and candies is wise to prevent putting too much pressure on the bonding material.
  • Care with Staining Foods and Beverages: Dental bonding material can be susceptible to staining, especially during the first 48 hours. To prevent staining, avoid coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco products, and any profoundly colored foods during this period.

Oral Hygiene   

  • Brushing and Flossing: Continue with your regular brushing and flossing routine. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to maintain the bonding material’s integrity and prevent scratching.
  • Regular Dental Visits: Make sure to see Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for monthly routine checkups and cleanings. Professional cleanings can remove plaque and tartar buildup and enable us to monitor the status of your bonding.  

Long-Term Care

  • Avoiding Damage: While dental bonding material is durable, it is not as strong as natural tooth enamel. Avoid biting on pens, ice, fingernails or using your teeth to open packaging. Such habits can chip the bonding material.
  • Wear a Mouthguard: You should consider wearing a mouthguard if you engage in activities such as playing sports or grinding your teeth at night (also known as bruxism). This will protect your bonded teeth from excessive force and potential damage.

Lifestyle Considerations

  • Minimize Staining Activities: Long-term exposure to foods and drinks with intense pigments and tobacco products can stain the bonding material over time. Consider reducing consumption of these items or practice rinsing your mouth with water after exposure to minimize staining.
  • Alcohol Consumption: Be mindful of alcohol consumption, as some studies suggest that excessive alcohol can weaken the bond between the composite material and your tooth.

Follow-Up Care

  • Adjustments: If you feel any sharp edges or if your bite feels off after the bonding procedure, please contact our office for an adjustment. Your bite is correctly aligned, which is crucial for your comfort and the bonding’s durability.

Protecting Your Investment

Remember, caring for your bonded teeth directly affects their longevity and appearance. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of your dental bonding for years. 

Should you have any questions or concerns about your dental bonding or experience discomfort or unexpected issues, please do not hesitate to contact us at Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We are here to ensure that dental bonding enhances your smile and confidence effectively and comfortably.