What to Avoid After Getting White Fillings

Whether you’ve just got some new white fillings placed on your smile, or you’re about to have your treatment, we know how important it is to be informed about all the different elements of the procedure. Today, our Derby dentists explain what these fillings are, how they’re fitted and what you should avoid afterwards, keeping you smiling for longer.


About white fillings


White fillings use a special kind of resin to combat cavities in your teeth. The resin is mouldable while it’s being placed, which ensures our Derby dentists can seal your tooth with the utmost precision. Then, a special UV light hardens the resin to ensure the restoration is strong and durable.


Reasons for white fillings


Our patients here in Derby mostly choose these fillings over other kinds because they have a more natural appearance. They suit your natural tooth shade much more closely than alternatives and offer all the same advantages – like helping to save a cavity-damaged tooth. If you don’t have a filling placed, the decay in your tooth could get worse or you could end up with complications like an infection, which requires more extensive treatment.


Pros and cons


There’s some evidence that they may not last as long as alternatives like metal, but you should get several years’ of wear out of them before they need replacing. In other words, they are a long-term solution for your smile. White fillings have plenty of positives, though: they’re natural-looking, strong, easy to place and a great alternative to a dental crown.


What to avoid after getting white fillings


After treatment, you’ll need to be mindful that:

– White fillings can stain and discolour, just like your natural teeth. There may be certain foods and drinks to avoid afterwards, like red wine and coffee.
– White fillings can’t be ‘whitened’, so you’ll need to place them after teeth whitening. You’ll also need to keep your smile clean and well cared-for, to ensure the fillings still match your teeth.
–  The treatment is minimally-invasive, with no need to take time off work, but crunchy foods could still pose a problem – leading to cracks and breakages that then require more restorative work to fix (and possibly even pain and complications).


Trust our experts in Derby


Our team is here for you, whatever you need. Book an appointment with us today through our website, and see how we could help create your best smile.