Cosmetic dentistry is a beautiful investment in the appearance of your smile and your outlook on life. A cosmetic enhancement to your smile can making lasting changes on your wellbeing. Since cosmetic enhancements are an investment in your quality of life, you should try to protect that investment by avoiding habits that could affect the lifespan of your treatment. For example, you can extend the life of a professional teeth whitening treatment by avoiding dark foods like berries and beverages like coffee or wine. Following are helpful tips for preserving cosmetic dental work.
Use A Straw
A straw can help minimize exposure to dark beverages by pushing liquid to the back of the mouth. Minimizing our teeth’s exposure to dark colored compounds can help extend the life of teeth whitening treatments. Straws are also beneficial because they prevent us from chewing on ice cubes. Chewing on ice cubes with cosmetic restorations like crowns or enhancements like veneers can loosen and damage them over time.
Wear a Night Guard
A night guard is a prescription oral appliance that protects teeth and restorations when a person is sleeping. These oral appliances prevent teeth from scraping against each other – especially among patients who habitually clench or grind their teeth (bruxism).
Practice Thorough Oral Hygiene
The lifespan of your cosmetic enhancements does hinge on the health of oral structures. Oral hygiene practices are necessary for keeping oral bacteria in check and harmful substances like tartar from accumulating. Brushing and flossing is imperative for keeping supportive tissue like gums healthy. If gums aren’t healthy, cosmetic enhancements (and biologic structure) will be affected.
Patients with cosmetic enhancements need to pay close attention to detail when brushing and flossing to remove food particles and debris. Sometimes purchasing water Irrigators is recommended to keep hard to reach areas clean.
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