A beautiful smile is something that everyone wants. If you are not happy with your smile, you may be considering a smile makeover. While there are many options for smile makeovers, we will be focusing on teeth whitening and dental bonding. Teeth whitening is a popular treatment that can remove many types of stains from teeth, making them look whiter and brighter. Dental bonding is a treatment that can fix many problems with the appearance of teeth, such as chips, cracks, and gaps. Combining these two treatments is an easy, effective, and affordable way to change the look of your smile. In this blog, we will discuss both teeth whitening and dental bonding, as well as why teeth whitening should be performed before dental bonding when doing a smile makeover.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a popular treatment because it is safe, effective, and affordable. Teeth whitening works by using a bleaching agent to remove the stains from teeth. It can remove many types of stains from teeth, making them look whiter and brighter. For example, teeth whitening can remove stains from coffee, tea, wine, smoking, and aging.
The most common type of teeth whitening is in-office whitening, which is performed by a dentist. In-office whitening is the most effective type of teeth whitening because it uses the strongest bleaching agents. It can also be performed in a short amount of time, usually less than an hour. Take-home whitening kits are also available, but they are not as effective as in-office whitening because they use weaker bleaching agents. While you can get results from take-home kits, it will take much longer.
The results of teeth whitening can last for many years, but it will depend on the type of staining and your oral hygiene habits. For example, if you smoke or drink coffee, your teeth may become stained again more quickly than someone who does not smoke or drink coffee. If you have in-office whitening, your dentist may give you a touch-up kit to use at home if your teeth become stained again.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a popular treatment because it can fix many problems with the appearance of teeth. Dental bonding works by using a tooth-colored resin to repair chips, cracks, and gaps in teeth. It can also be used to change the shape or color of teeth.
Dental bonding is usually performed in one office visit. The dentist will first choose the right color of resin for your teeth. Then, they will roughen up the surface of your tooth and apply the resin. The resin is then hardened with a special curing light and polished to match the rest of your teeth.
The results of dental bonding can last for many years, but it will depend on your oral hygiene habits. For example, if you smoke or chew tobacco, your bonding may become stained or discolored more quickly than someone who does not smoke or chew tobacco. You should also avoid biting your nails or eating hard foods, as this can damage the bonding and cause it to chip or crack.
Should teeth whitening be performed before dental bonding?
When performing two or more dental treatments, special attention must sometimes be paid to the order in which they are performed. Such is the case when performing teeth whitening in coordination with dental bonding.
Teeth whitening should be performed before dental bonding when doing a smile makeover for two reasons.
- First, teeth whitening can remove the stains from your teeth, making them look brighter and whiter. This will help to create a better canvas for dental bonding.
- Second, if you have any chips, cracks, or gaps in your teeth, the bonding will be much more noticeable if your teeth are not whitened first. This is because the bonding material does not whiten. If your teeth are stained, the bonding material will also be stained and will not match your teeth once they are whitened.
For these reasons, it is important to have your teeth whitened before getting dental bonding. This will ensure that you get the best results from your smile makeover.
One final consideration when having your teeth whitened and bonded, is that you will need to wait at least two weeks in between these procedures. This is because the teeth whitening products temporarily alter the surface of your teeth, which can negatively affect the results of dental bonding. In most cases, your teeth will return to normal approximately one week after whitening, however waiting an extra week is recommended to ensure the best results.
In this blog, we discussed whether teeth whitening should be performed before getting dental bonding. We talked about how teeth whitening works and what it can fix. We also talked about how dental bonding works and what it can fix. Finally, we discussed why teeth whitening should be performed before dental bonding when doing a smile makeover.
If you are considering a smile makeover, we recommend that you contact our office to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you choose the best treatment for your needs.