My dentist whitened my teeth two months ago. We waited until the color was as I wanted before my dentist replaced old bonding near my gums on three front teeth. The bonding looked and felt rough, and the color was off. Last week, my dentist replaced the bonding, but it looks and feels the same to me. After talking to some close friends, I decided not to let my dentist try again.
I’m supposed to get Candid braces in mid-June, and these bonding tryouts could go on forever if my dentist does not admit that he cannot handle the task. I have decided to find another dentist to redo the bonding, but how often can a dentist remove and replace bonding before damaging my teeth? Thank you. Husam from CT
Thank you for choosing Dr. Sirin’s office for your question. We will offer some insight on dental bonding that addresses your concerns.
When a dentist places dental bonding that does not match, two options to correct it include:
If you require dental bonding near your gumline, notches (abfraction lesions) may be the cause. Clenching teeth weakens them and can cause bulging. The lesions occur when tooth enamel wears away near the gumline—most often from the pressure of clenching your teeth.
If you are not confident about your dentist’s ability to correct your dental bonding color, look for a dentist with advanced cosmetic dentistry training. Advanced cosmetic dentists stock the tools and materials required to blend and match composites to perfectly matched your whitened teeth. You can begin clear braces treatment without the stress of worrying about mismatched bonding.
Dr. Steven Sirin, an Elgin, Illinois, cosmetic dentist, sponsors this post.