White or “tooth-colored” fillings have quickly become the most preferred option to repair a cavity. Because of their ideal aesthetic value and non-invasive design, they are also used frequently to correct minor cosmetic flaws such as small gaps, chipped teeth and more. White fillings are made of composite resin, which can be customized to match your natural tooth shade and doesn’t contain mercury like the amalgam filling alternative.
So are there any downsides to getting white fillings? The only word of caution in choosing composite resin for your filling or dental bonding is that this material is prone to stain. Just like your natural teeth, staining foods and drinks can discolor your white filling and make it stand out.
However, with a little effort you can prevent staining on your composite fillings and keep them looking beautiful for years to come. Here’s how:
Watch Your Diet
Avoid dark foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, berries and red wine. If you must indulge, rinse with water shortly after to prevent the staining agents from absorbing into your fillings.
Be Diligent With Your Oral Hygiene
Keep your teeth and fillings clean by brushing and flossing regularly. You can use a soft bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste on your fillings to gently remove any staining debris left on the surface after meals.
Consider Updating Your Fillings
If your filling becomes significantly stained or you have an old or discolored filling in the front of your smile, you may want to replace your filling. It may be worthwhile to consider a crown or veneer for a better aesthetic solution. If you aren’t sure whether you need to just professionally whiten your teeth, change out the filling or get a porcelain veneer, let your dentist evaluate you.
At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we value the importance of providing dental restorations that can effectively restore your smile health but also deliver an exceptional appearance. If you have questions about how to care for your tooth-colored fillings, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilreath today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,