If you’ve had cosmetic dentistry, you’ll want to do your best to keep your teeth looking good in the long term. Beyond your regular, everyday oral hygiene, there are other things you can do to be sure your new smile stays white and perfect.
The Importance Of Oral Care for Your Cosmetic Work
Regular oral care is important for your teeth, gums, and mouth in general, and is even more important if you’ve had cosmetic work. After all the time and work you’ve put into your new smile, you’ll want to keep it clean and healthy. The first, most important thing for you to do is to brush and floss regularly to prevent decay and gum disease.
It’s also important to visit your dentist regularly, just as you did before your cosmetic work. If you have veneers, you should let your dentist and dental hygienist know to prevent inadvertent damage to the porcelain. You also should have regular X-rays to be sure no cavities are developing behind the veneers. This type of care is equally important for other types of cosmetic treatment so that you can keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Avoid Staining Your Teeth
If you’ve had work done on your teeth, you’ll also want to be careful about accidentally staining your teeth. If you stain work that is made of porcelain, such as veneers, inlays, or onlays, teeth whitening will not work to return them to their original color. In order to restore tooth-colored restorations or veneers to the color that was chosen to match your teeth, you’ll have to have the work redone.
In addition, you should be careful not to bite on hard objects, such as pens and pencils, and avoid chewing ice. This can chip the edges of your teeth or break porcelain restorations. Treating your teeth carefully and keeping up with your oral care will keep your new look intact for many years into the future.
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