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Did Your Dentist Ever Warn You About Tooth Bleaching and Bonding?

October 27, 2015

Did your dentist ever warn you about tooth bleaching and having dental treatment that includes any type of bonding?

Custom bleaching trays in place over healthy teeth.

If not, they should have!

In a nutshell, do not bleach your teeth at all for a period of two weeks before having any bonding procedures completed!

I will try to explain this in common terms!  Bonding is a term used by dentists and dental offices for procedures including tooth colored fillings (composite restorations), the bonding of a porcelain veneer or composite veneer to a tooth, the bonding of a crown or bridge to teeth, or even as shown above, the bonding of a smile gem or sparkle to the front of a tooth.

Custom made bleaching trays are made and worn for 30 - 60 minutes per day

Custom made bleaching trays are made and worn for 30 – 60 minutes per day

Teeth before bleaching

Teeth before bleaching

The bonding process involves using a conditioning agent on the tooth that opens up the pores of the tooth.  this is followed by the addition of bonding materials that can penetrate the pores creating a chemical and mechanical bond or fusion of the bonding material to the tooth.  The products used for bleaching teeth also penetrate into the pores of a tooth and brighten the tooth from the inside (way more effective than just removing surface stains).  The process of tooth bleaching alters the surface of the tooth temporarily and may cause the bonding process used for fillings, veneers, or crowns to be less successful.  The tooth surface will return to normal in about a week following tooth bleaching.  To be safe, we recommend waiting two weeks before any bonding procedures are completed after tooth bleaching.

So If you are thinking of bleaching for a few days before you have your teeth bonded – Don’t do this!  Just plan your tooth bleaching to be completed a couple weeks before your dentist bonds your teeth!   Our office would be happy to explain this further and we try to remind all of our patients about this not widely known concern!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis, DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

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