After investing a significant amount of time, energy and money in improving their smiles through cosmetic dentistry, patients want to preserve those results for as long as possible. Depending on the type of treatment (or treatments) you received, your dentist should give you complete instructions on how to care for your smile afterward. However, here are a few general pointers that will apply to many patients.
In general, good oral hygiene practices will help you to maximize the results of your cosmetic dentistry treatment. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Pay close attention to your technique, such as holding the brush at an angle along the gumline. Floss daily as well, and consider adding an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce plaque and tartar accumulation.
Some cosmetic dentistry interventions will require more specific maintenance techniques. For example, teeth whitening is not permanent. Therefore, you will need to apply touch-up treatments every several months in order to maintain the new shade of your teeth. Additionally, you should consider limiting your consumption of foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee and tea.
Porcelain veneers are remarkably strong, much more so than most patients expect, but these devices too need a little extra TLC. Use common sense when you chew with them, as anything that can damage biological tooth enamel can harm a veneer, as well. Additionally, your dental hygienist may need to use special instruments around your veneers, so be sure to alert that professional which teeth have veneers so that appropriate action can be taken while cleaning your teeth.
You should also continue to see your general dentist at least twice a year after getting cosmetic treatments. This will help to boost your oral health and your smile’s appearance as well.
We encourage patients who have questions about maintaining their smile after cosmetic interventions to contact our office and get any information they need. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to make sure you’re doing everything your smile needs. Call the office of Dr. Anna Cowdin today!