My dentist and I agreed to a treatment plan that would end with Invisalign treatment. I wanted to feel better about my teeth before I started Invisalign. So, my dentist whitened my teeth and replaced old dental bonding. But the color of the bonding does not match my white teeth.
Some of the bonding is near the gumline, and it feels rough and looks gross. When my dentist finished the work, I immediately noticed that the bonding color was off. I told her about it, and she agreed that she did not match the color. After two attempts, she still cannot get it right. I want to begin Invisalign treatment, so I am willing to see another dentist to redo the bonding and go back to my dentist for Invisalign. Will repeatedly removing and reapplying bonding damage my teeth? Thank you. Elliana from Missouri
Thank you for your inquiry. We are sorry to hear about your disappointing experience with dental bonding, especially when looking forward to starting Invisalign treatment.
Correcting Mismatched Dental Bonding
When dental bonding does not match your natural teeth, you may have two options for correcting the color.
- Resurfacing – A cosmetic dentist might be able to remove some of the surfaces of the bonding and apply another color of composite
- Replacing – Cosmetic dentists use dental burs that can remove bonding without damaging your tooth structure. Afterward, the dentist can apply fresh bonding
Dental Bonding Near Your Gumline
When you need dental bonding near your gumline, abfraction lesions, or notches, are usually the cause. Enamel near the gumline can wear away and leave sensitive notches on your teeth. Lesions are most often caused by clenching your teeth. Pressure from clenching weakens teeth. A dentist who uses bonding to conceal lesions and protect tooth roots must consider these factors:
- Stiff bonding can loosen or pop out as your teeth flex
- Flexible composite bends with pressure on teeth and can help fillings stay in place
- If you clench or grind your teeth, a dentist can make a custom nighttime mouth guard to minimize the habit and protect your teeth
If you are unsure of your dentist’s ability to replace your dental bonding and match your natural teeth this time, schedule a consultation with a skilled cosmetic dentist. You will get natural-looking results. Best wishes on a resolution and a smooth transition to Invisalign.
Dr. Steven Brooksher, an accredited cosmetic dentist in Baton Rouge, LA, sponsors this post.