When considering a smile makeover, one of the first things you need to decide is what treatments to use and when to have them performed. This is an important decision, as these factors can make a dramatic difference in your final results. In this blog post, we will discuss two common cosmetic treatments that are often combined: teeth whitening and dental bonding. We still start by discussing how each treatment works, what they can fix, and how long they last. Finally, we will talk about why teeth whitening should be performed before dental bonding when doing a smile makeover.
Many people choose to whiten their teeth to achieve a brighter, more youthful smile. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to remove many types of stains from your teeth, including those caused by food, drink, tobacco, and aging.
Teeth whitening works by bleaching your teeth to remove stains that collect in the enamel and dentin layers over time. The bleaching agent is applied to your teeth, where it is absorbed and breaks down the stain molecules. This process can be achieved in two ways: through an at-home treatment or by visiting a dentist.
At-home treatments use a lower concentration of bleaching agents and take longer to work. They are also less expensive than in-office treatments. In-office treatments use a higher concentration of bleaching agent and can achieve results in one or two visits.
No matter which treatment you choose, the results of teeth whitening are not permanent. You will need to have your teeth whitened again if you want to maintain your brighter smile. This is because teeth whitening can only eliminate current stains and cannot prevent future stains. The frequency with which you need to have your teeth whitened will depend on your individual circumstances, but it is typically every one to two years.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to fix a variety of issues, including chipped teeth, cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, and misshapen teeth. Dental bonding is also sometimes referred to as composite bonding or cosmetic bonding.
Dental bonding works by using a composite resin to bond the tooth structure together. This is the same type of resin used for composite fillings. Composite resin is designed to bond directly to the enamel and requires minimal preparation. In fact, the tooth surface only needs to be slightly etched to create a rough texture for the composite to adhere to. After the tooth surface is roughened up, the resin is applied to the tooth and then hardened with a special light. Once the resin has hardened, it can be shaped and polished to match your natural tooth color.
Dental bonding is a less expensive and less invasive option than veneers, and it can be completed in one or two visits. However, the results of dental bonding are not permanent. The bond will eventually break down around 5-7 years and need to be replaced.
Why Teeth Whitening Should Be Performed Before Dental Bonding
When performing a smile makeover that combines teeth whitening and dental bonding, it is important to have the teeth whitening treatment performed first. This is because the tooth-colored composite material used for dental bonding cannot be bleached. As a result, if your teeth are not already the desired shade of white, you will need to have them re-bonded after whitening your teeth. This can add additional time and expense to your smile makeover.
Another thing that you need to know is that you will need to wait two weeks after having your teeth whitened before you can have them bonded. This is because the bleaching agent can slightly change your tooth surface for a week or two after the initial treatment. This can negatively affect the bonding process and can cause it to fail. Waiting two weeks allows your tooth surface to return to normal and decreases the risk of failure. Simply stated, having your teeth whitened, waiting two weeks, and then having dental bonding is the best way to achieve the desired results.
In this blog, we have discussed teeth whitening and dental bonding. We have also talked about why it is important to have your teeth whitened before getting them bonded. If you are considering a smile makeover that includes both teeth whitening and dental bonding, be sure to talk to your dentist about the best way to achieve your desired results. They will be able to help you plan your treatment and answer any questions that you may have. Thanks for reading!
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.