My dental bonding is looking a bit worse for wear. Would I be better off using Supersmile Toothpaste or should I get my teeth and bonding whitened?
A lot of what you do depends on the type of stains you are talking about. Supersmile toothpaste does a great job of taking off surface stains of teeth. Unlike other “whitening” kinds of toothpaste, which use abrasives to remove stains, Supersmile uses Calprox to dissolve the protein pellicle layer that covers your teeth. The stains will attach themselves to that pellicle removing the stains.
If you are talking about more than surface stains, meaning the stains have seeped into the bonding material, then it won’t work.
Unfortunately, neither will teeth whitening. Even professional whitening gel only works on natural tooth structure. This means your natural teeth will whiten, but your dental bonding (or any other dental work for that matter) won’t change. This will only serve to make the dental bonding look even worse.
Once stains have seeped into the bonding, it is time to replace it. If you’re looking for something more stain-resistant, that can last for many years, you may want to upgrade to porcelain veneers.
These are what people go to for a complete smile makeover. Some cosmetic dentists, like Dr. Dennis, offer digital smile designs, which allow you to see your makeover before any work is done.
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