How to Lighten Bonded Teeth

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Even with bonded teeth you can get a whiter smile.
Even with bonded teeth you can get a whiter smile. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Tooth-bonding is a technique used in cosmetic dentistry. Different methods exist for bonding but, in most cases, composites of various particles -- silicon dioxide, for one -- are bonded to the teeth with a synthetic resin. Bonding helps to close spaces between teeth or fixes chipped or broken teeth in the front of the mouth. Bonded teeth need special care because they stain more readily than tooth enamel.

Use a tooth-whitening toothpaste made for bonded teeth. Bonded teeth are delicate so they need a special whitening agent that's not too harsh. The website My New Smile suggests using Supersmile or Rembrandt.

Place a small amount of toothpaste onto a soft toothbrush. A toothbrush with soft bristles is best for bonded teeth.

Brush the teeth in a circular motion for no less than two minutes.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush in the morning and in the evening to keep bonded teeth looking their best. Rinse your mouth with water after brushing.

See a dental hygienist in a cosmetic dentist’s office. Standard tooth polishing is abrasive to bonded teeth. Dental hygienists in the offices of cosmetic dentists know how to whiten teeth properly without damaging the composite.

Visit a dental hygienist twice a year for a teeth cleaning. Regular cleaning of bonded teeth is important to get them to last and remain in good condition.

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