Can You Whiten Composite Bonding On Your Teeth?

A bright, beautiful smile is often what we expect after getting composite bonding. But even with a diligent cleaning routine, the bonded areas may turn pale. This can be frustrating. So, can you whiten composite bonding? We are here with the answer.

Is It Possible To Whiten Composite Bonding?

Whitening or brightening the look of composite bonding on your front teeth is not possible. Unlike natural tooth enamel, this white composite resin material used for dental bonding does not respond to traditional methods of teeth whitening.

The ingredients like hydrogen peroxide makes no change to any of the look. They cannot penetrate or alter the color of the composite resin. In a nutshell, whitening treatments will not have any effect on the appearance of the bonding.

If the composite bonding material becomes stained or discolored as time passes, the best solution is to have your dentist replace them. They can do so by bonding fresh, new composite resin on the affected tooth.

Your dentist can match the updated color and shade of the surrounding natural teeth for a more uniform and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

If you choose professional teeth whitening treatments, your natural ones may become significantly whiter, but not the bonding. This creates a noticeable mismatch. If you are going for teeth whitening, ask your dentist to replace old ones with a new shade that blends better with the rest of the lot.

The Dos and Don’ts to Keep Your Dental Bonding White


  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for about 2 minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Make sure to floss at least once a day, focusing on the gum line.
  • It may come as something odd, but drink at least one glass of water after eating to help rinse away staining foods/drinks.
  • Visit your dentist at least every 6 months or quarterly for professional cleanings.


  • Avoid drinking dark-colored beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine. They can stain the composite bonding.
  • Do not eat pigmented foods like curry and sauces, as they can discolor the bonding.
  • Avoid biting down directly on hard foods, which can chip or crack the composite material.
  • Change your habits, like biting your nails, chewing pens, eating ice, or grinding your teeth, as these can also damage the bonding.

Closing Note

Since whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide cannot penetrate bonding material, they cannot be whitened. Therefore, if the shade mismatches, ask your professionals to replace them.

At The Smile Artisans, we provide comprehensive dental care. Dr. Liza Shevchenko has experience and training in orthodontic care and has become a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Virgilio Gutierrez, our expert dental specialist with a Fellowship from the German Society of Oral Implantology, incorporates advanced techniques in his methods. Together, the duo works with their team to give you a beautiful smile! Dial (832) 220-6087 to schedule an appointment.

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