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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Eating With Composite Bonding

by Danielle Fletcher

One of the best things about composite bonding is that when done well, it blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth. This is why it is ideal for mending chipped teeth. But unlike porcelain, which dentists use to create veneers and crowns, composite bonding does have some weakness that will affect the way you eat.

Composite bonding lasts years for some people. But for others, those that aren't careful, it might only last months. If you plan to have your tooth repaired with composite bonding, then keep the following things in mind at mealtimes.

1. Eating Hard Foods With Bonded Front Teeth Requires Care

Eating hard foods with composite bonding on your back teeth is okay because the force is divided over a wife and flat area. But if you have bonding on a front incisor, be careful when you chew hard foods. This means you should take care when eating foods like apples, boiled candy, barbecue ribs, and fried chicken. If you put too much pressure on a front bonded tooth while chewing these foods, you could break your bonding.

2. The Ice in Your Drinks Can Break Your Composite Bonding

Don't chew the ice in your cold drinks. Ice is strong enough to crack your natural teeth. And it is most certainly hard enough to snap a bonded tooth.

3. It Takes 24 Hours for Composite Bonding to Harden Fully

You need to wait about 24 hours before you begin eating tougher foods like hard, raw veggies or nuts. It takes this amount of time for composite resin to harden fully after treatment.

4. Foods With Dark Pigments Can Stain Bonding

Dark pigmented foods and drinks will stain your bonding over time. Try to avoid foods like curries or pasta with red sauce. And if you drink coffee, try to drink it through a straw to minimize its contact with your teeth. The first 24 hours are especially important in this regard since your bonding is still hardening.

5. Bonding Could Fracture If You Pick at It

Be careful if you have food stuck between your teeth and you wish to pick it out. If you use a fingernail to scratch at a piece of food, you could end up catching a section of the bonding and breaking it off. Use dental floss to remove food, and always remove the floss horizontally, not vertically.

Composite bonding is ideal for fixing small breaks in teeth. But remember to keep the above points in mind at mealtimes.