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How to Take Care of Your Teeth After a Smile Makeover
Did you recently undergo a smile makeover? You should now have the smile of your dreams and you probably notice yourself being a bit more confident during social interactions. You may even find yourself smiling more than you ever have and you might be wondering how you can keep your new smile looking amazing for a long time.
Maintaining the results of your smile makeover
Here are some simple things patients can do to maintain the results of their smile makeover:
1. Stay away from hard foods
The restorations used during smile makeovers are quite durable, but they are nowhere as strong as real teeth — which are the strongest part of the body. Consuming hard foods such as hard candies or having bad habits like chewing on fingernails can lead to teeth being damaged.
2. Avoid tannin-rich beverages and foods
Certain foods and beverages have powerful coloring agents called tannins. Beverages like coffee, red wine and tea stain teeth so it is best to avoid them as much as possible or use a straw when consuming one. Using a straw prevents the liquid from coating the front teeth, which are the most visible.
Tannin-rich foods like beets and pasta sauce should be avoided as much as possible. Dentists recommend brushing or rinsing the mouth with water after having them to minimize staining.
3. Practice good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene helps to maintain the results of smile makeovers. Dentists recommend brushing twice daily and flossing once per day to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Brushing regularly also helps to prevent new stains and tartar from building up on teeth surfaces.
4. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol
An antibacterial mouthwash can be used after brushing to further protect teeth, but people with oral restorations should avoid products that contain alcohol since it can weaken the dental cement used to hold restorations in place.
5. Use a whitening toothpaste
People who get teeth whitening treatments as part of their smile makeover should use a whitening toothpaste two times a week to maintain the results of their treatment. It helps to prevent the formation of new surface stains.
6. Get maintenance treatments
People who get certain treatments like teeth whitening treatments or composite bonding should get touch-up treatments as needed. Teeth that have been whitened will eventually develop new stains and touch up treatments can restore their color. Repairs made with composite resin will slowly disintegrate over time, so touch-up treatments are needed.
7. Use protective gear
Protective gear like mouthguards can help to protect restored teeth during activities that involve physical contact. Oral appliances like nightguards can be used to protect the teeth of patients who grind their teeth while they sleep.
Smile makeovers can give you long-lasting results
Some of the restorations used during smile makeovers, like implants, can last the rest of your life. Taking good care of your mouth increases the odds of that happening. Call our Maitland clinic to learn more about how to take care of your teeth after a smile makeover.
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