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Last Reviewed 06 December 2023

Medically reviewed by Dr. Niall Vallely, Bachelor Dent. Sc. (Trinity College Dublin) 2003, Cosmetic Dentist

Aftercare For Composite Bonding

Taking care of your teeth after bonding treatment, helps extend the life of your bonded tooth. Self-care tips include:

  • Brushing twice a day preferably with an electric toothbrush
  • We have Oral B brushes available at reception and flossing daily
  • Avoid very hard food and sweets
  • Avoid biting your nails
  • Avoid things that stain your teeth to keep bonding bright for as long as possible - use of tobacco products like smoking causes yellow stains on your natural teeth and bonded teeth. Foods and drinks such as tea, red wine, juices, coffee and sweets with artificial colouring can also stain the teeth. If you smoke, this is a good reason to quit. If you often drink red wine, coffee or other foods with dark colours, cut down on these types of foods.
  • Scheduling regular dental cleanings every six months, this dietary staining can be polished off by your hygienist or dentist
  • Your teeth are not adjusted but you can take time to adapt to them

Composite bonding doesn't involve any major risks.

Please always be mindful that composite resin used with this procedure isn't as strong as your natural teeth.

It's possible for the material to chip or separate from your real tooth. This can especially happen soon after the bonding is placed as you adapt to the new size and shape of the teeth in your mouth.

If chipping occurs you can give us a call and we will get you in with the dentist to have it fixed as soon as we can.

It is also best to get a night guard for night time wear to prevent any breakages if you grind your teeth at night time.

Can flossing harm dental bonding treatments?

Flossing, when done correctly, does not harm dental bonding treatments.

We recommend gently sliding when flossing to prevent pulling the floss forcefully against the bonded area.

If you have concerns or questions about flossing with dental bonding, it is best to consult your dentist.