Follow These Tips to Maintain Your Cosmetic Dental Work
You have invested time and money to improve your smile … whether it is teeth whitening, veneers, or some other cosmetic dental work, taking steps to keep teeth healthy and looking their best is a worthy goal. Your cosmetic dentist will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed; it is up to you to follow through.
Teeth Whitening – This is probably the most economical, yet impactful, cosmetic enhance available today. Lightening discolored or stained teeth can be completed quickly. The results can be dramatic taking you from a drab smile to a Hollywood WOW.
Once you have undergone whitening, there are things you can do to maximize your treatment. Know what foods and beverages stain teeth. Coffee, tea, cola, and red wine are major offenders. Eliminate them or rinse following consumption.
The list of foods that can stain teeth is long: many berries (blueberries and blackberries) and fruits (citrus) stain teeth; tomato based sauces; other dark sauces like soy and balsamic vinegar; some spices (curry) … the list goes on.
While you may be tempted to brush your teeth right after eating many of these foods, this may not be in your best interest. Some foods can soften your dental enamel so you should wait thirty minutes or longer to brush following consumption to prevent damaging your enamel.
Veneers – This is a much more permanent cosmetic enhancement. Veneers are wafer thin shells that are made to fit over the front of teeth that are severely stained, misshapen, crooked, broken, or to eliminate the appearance of unwanted gaps between teeth.
Veneers are generally made from stain resistant porcelain. With this in mind, if the patient wishes to whiten their teeth before undergoing treatment with veneers, it is best to whiten teeth first as porcelain will not respond to teeth whitening.
Your cosmetic dentist can aid you in teeth whitening and fabricate your veneers to match your newly lightened shade so all your dental work will match perfectly.
Veneer treated teeth are strong, but should never be tested by biting into crunchy, hard, or sticky foods. A broken veneer usually cannot be repaired … it must be replaced. Discontinue biting your nails or using your teeth to open packages.
Take some time to care for your new smile … it will serve you well for a long time!
Call our team today to get on the path to a new smile!