Dental bonding is a common cosmetic dentistry technique used to fix small flaws in teeth such chips, discolored, or slightly misaligned teeth. 

Following dental bonding, proper post-operative care and aftercare are the most important factors in maintaining the beauty and durability of the bonding material. Please read and adhere to these guidelines:

Post-Op Instructions

Oral Hygiene

Continue practicing your normal dental care regimen, which includes brushing and flossing. To gently clean your teeth, use fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. Pay extra attention to the bonded tooth and surrounding areas to ensure they remain clean.

Watch Your Diet

While dental bonding is resilient, it’s essential to be mindful of your dietary choices to preserve the integrity of the bonded teeth. Limit your intake of staining agents such as coffee, tea, and red wine, especially in the first 48 hours. If possible, abstain from these substances to allow the bonding material to set fully.

Additionally, avoid biting on hard objects like ice, pens, or pencils, as this can lead to chipping or cracking of the bonding material. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, consider discussing the use of a night guard with us to protect your new bonding and prevent unnecessary wear.

Pain Management

It is common to experience minimal discomfort or sensitivity after dental bonding. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen, two over-the-counter pain medications, can assist reduce any post-operative discomfort. Follow the recommended dosage instructions.

Aftercare Tips 

Oral Health Education

Keeping your dentures clean is of the utmost importance for your oral health. Plaque accumulation can be reduced and food particles can be removed from the teeth via daily cleaning with a soft brush. It is possible to avoid the growth of bacteria on dentures by soaking them overnight in a cleaning solution. Always be sure to give them a thorough washing before putting them back on.

Customized Care

Customized care for your dentures involves regular cleaning with a soft-bristle toothbrush and denture cleaner, not toothpaste, which can be too harsh. Rinse them after meals and remove them overnight to give your gums a rest. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for adjustments and to ensure a comfortable fit.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective procedure to brighten your smile. It involves the use of bleaching agents that remove surface stains and discoloration, restoring your teeth to their original whiteness. At River District Smiles Dentistry, we offer personalized teeth whitening services that yield incredible results.


If you engage in contact sports or are someone who grinds their teeth (also known as bruxism), you should think about utilizing a custom-made mouthguard or night guard to protect the bonded tooth from potential damage.

Remember, your recovery is a partnership between you and our dedicated team at River District Smiles Dentistry. By following these post-operative instructions and incorporating them into your daily routine, you’re actively contributing to the longevity and success of your dental bonding.

If you ever have questions or concerns along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to guide you through every step of your dental bonding journey and ensure that you achieve the radiant smile you’ve always dreamed of.

By following these guidelines and maintaining proactive through proper oral hygiene practices, you will be able to reap the benefits of a beautiful and confident smile for years. River District Smiles Dentistry’s dedicated dental team is committed to ensuring optimal oral health and overall satisfaction.