If you’ve recently had a cosmetic dentistry treatment like teeth whitening, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, you may be wondering how you can care for your new smile to ensure it lasts a long time, and that your teeth stay bright, brilliant, and beautiful. In this guide from Flourish Dental Boutique, we’ll give you a few quick tips that are sure to help.
You should continue brushing and flossing regularly to keep your smile healthy. Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, and make sure you floss at least once per day.
To keep your teeth bright, you can also start using whitening toothpaste and whitening mouthwash according to the instructions on the label. This can help prevent stain buildup.
Six-month cleanings and oral exams are important for your oral health, and also keep your smile bright. During your cleaning, a dental hygienist at Flourish Dental Boutique will clean tartar and plaque off of your teeth, preventing the buildup of surface stains. So make sure you schedule appointments with Dr. Engram twice each year!
It’s a good idea to avoid consuming acidic foods and drinks like orange juice or tomato sauce, as these can contribute to tooth decay and stains. You also may want to avoid wine, coffee, tea and cola, as they are major causes of teeth stains. Drinking these beverages through a straw can help prevent stain buildup.
This is especially important if you have veneers or dental bonding. Never use your teeth to tear open packages, rip tape, or to do anything besides chew food. Doing so can damage your cosmetic dental work, as well as your natural teeth.
You also should avoid chewing on non-food objects like ice, pencils and pens, and fingernails, as this can also wear down your dental work and your natural teeth, or cause premature failure and breakage.
If you play contact sports, consider getting a custom-fitted sports mouthguard from Dr. Engram. These mouthguards are very comfortable and durable, and help spread out the force of impacts to your face to protect your teeth from damage.
If you grind your teeth at night (bruxism), you may also want to get a night guard for teeth grinding. This night guard will reduce grinding and prevent direct tooth-to-tooth contact, protecting both your natural teeth and your dental work.
Whether you have already gotten cosmetic treatments and need a dentist to help you care for your new smile, or you’re still exploring your options for cosmetic dentistry in Richardson, Dr. Toni Engram is here to help. Contact Flourish Dental Boutique online or give us a call at (214) 995-4315 to schedule an appointment right away.