Will Smoking Discolor Teeth Bonding?

I just got bonding work done on my teeth and I was wondering how much smoking cigarettes (but mainly marijuana) will affect the coloration of the bonding. I don’t smoke very often but I just want to see whether or not this would be an issue.

Thanks, Jason

Dear Jason,

Composite bonding overtime discolors from foods, liquids like coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as smoking but so do our natural teeth discolor a little as time goes by. Drinks that contain a lot of acid and even toothpaste tend to dull the composite material creating a dull look effect. Compared to a more permanent restoration like a porcelain crown or veneer, dental bonding is not as strong, natural looking, or as long-lasting but does last about three to eight years. The material used for bonding is porous and definitely yellows from smoking and becomes noticeable over time so you may want to consider a more permanent restoration in the future.

In order to keep the dental bonding in good shape we recommend the following tips:

  • Try to quit smoking if you can because smoking will discolor the bonding not to mention it also increases your risk of oral cancer and gum disease
  • Limit your intake of coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Dental bonding can chip easily so avoid biting hard things like ice, pencils, carrots, and even your nails
  • Maintain good dental hygiene by brushing a couple times a day, flossing daily, and visit your dentist every six months for routine cleanings

This post is sponsored by Baton Rouge dentist Sherwood Dental Care.