We all are self-conscious about our teeth and even more so if there are gaps at the front. If you want to get your gap fixed and your dentist tells you your gap is appropriate for bonding, there are still a few things to think about before you undergo the treatment. Some personal habits may make bonding a less desirable treatment for you, so make sure to discuss any of the following concerns you may have with your dentist:
If you smoke cigarettes or drink coffee regularly, the composite resin may become stained and take on a yellow appearance. If you are concerned about staining, your dentist may instead recommend closing your gap with porcelain veneers, which don’t stain as easily. Nevertheless, your natural teeth can become discolored, so to keep them consistent with your veneers, you should incorporate a whitening toothpaste.
Another consideration is that the bonding material isn’t as strong as your natural teeth. This means people who bite their fingernails or chew on pens may chip the bonding material because it’s located on the front teeth. Bonding usually lasts for several years, but if you have a biting habit, you may find you need repairs sooner than usual.