Dental bonding has numerous uses: you can use it to strengthen your teeth, protect damaged teeth, and improve your teeth's appearance, among other things. However, all these benefits will are only short-lived if you don't take care of your bonded teeth. Here are some aftercare tips to help you after dental bonding treatment:
Brush and Floss Daily
Flossing and brushing daily is the premier dental care advice that you will receive whether you have your natural teeth or dental treatments. However, it becomes even more important to brush and floss on a daily basis after dental bonding treatment because dental problems, such as decay or gum disease, can easily interfere with the bonding and necessitate retreatment.
Avoid Mouthwash with Alcohol
Although you need to maintain impeccable dental hygiene, which may include using mouthwash to rinse your mouth, you should be careful about the type of mouthwash you use. In particular, you should avoid mouthwash with alcohol as one of its ingredients because alcohol may soften the dental bonding material and cause it to fall off or deform.
Don't Turn Your Teeth into a Tool
One of the worst things you can do with your teeth is to turn them into a tool. People do this in various ways; for example, they use their teeth to strip electrical wires, tear off food packaging or even open bottles or cans. All these habits are damaging to your teeth, and they will also damage the dental bonding material (which might not even be as hard as your natural teeth).
Avoid Habits that Stress Your Teeth
Anything that places too much force on your teeth is bad for the bonding material. Eating chewing food, eating hard foods, grinding your teeth are all examples of things that stress your teeth and should be avoided. If you are into contact sports, take extra care to protect your mouth so that you don't accidentally hit the bonding material.
Lastly, you should avoid smoking if your teeth have undergone bonding treatment. There are two main ways in which smoking is bad for your teeth. First, smoking can easily stain the bonding materials, and don't forget that the material doesn't bleach like natural teeth. Second, tobacco smoke contains toxins that reduce the flow of blood in your mouth, which increases your risk of susceptibility to dental diseases.
Hopefully, your treatment will last a long time and you won't need retreatment any time soon. Don't hesitate to contact the dentist if you feel there is something wrong with your teeth after the treatment.