Upgrading silver fillings to white fillings
Dentists have been repairing decayed teeth with silver-coloured (amalgam) fillings for years because they’re safe and affordable. But large numbers of people are switching their metal fillings for the more attractive white ones. These ‘white fillings’ or composite fillings can be matched closely to the colour of your teeth. They look natural, so they’re great if your filling will be visible when you smile, laugh or talk.
Composite fillings are trickier to do (the tooth surface must be dry when the resin gel is bonded on) and can be less hard-wearing for back teeth that chew and grind. More expensive private ones are lab-made for you. On the NHS, you’re more likely to get them on front teeth, but your dentist decides what you need.
Have you been considering swapping out your silver fillings for white ones. Find out more about our white filling treatments here.