From preventing tooth decay and infections to decreasing your risk of gum disease and oral cancer, the importance of proper oral healthcare is easy to see. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on the look of your smile. Considering a clean, white, and bright smile increases your self-esteem and confidence, cosmetic dentistry treatments are a great investment. Of course, after the treatments, you may be wondering how to maintain your new, appealing smile.
Visiting your dentist for professional whitening treatments is a great way to remove surface discoloration, but ongoing appointments are necessary to maintain your new white, bright smile. In between appointments, you can maintain the look of your whitened smile by using whitening toothpastes and rinses at home.
Also, decrease your consumption of soda, coffee, tea, and wine, which will stain your teeth. For a long-term improvement, consider quitting smoking and using tobacco. Over consumption of these darker beverages and extended use of tobacco products will stain your newly-whitened teeth, increasing the need for additional whitening treatments.
Porcelain veneers are becoming popular options for patients who prefer a permanent improvement to your smile. Applied directly to the surface of the teeth, veneers cover severe staining and dental imperfections. However, the investment in this option is high, so maintenance is essential.
Brush as usual and visit your dentist for routine checkups after receiving your veneers. It is also helpful to avoid biting down into hard foods such as candy apples and nuts. Also, never use your new teeth as tools to open bottles, packages, or for biting nails. If you play contact sports or grind teeth at night while sleeping, wear a mouth guard to protect your porcelain veneers.
Improving the appeal of your smile is simple with the help of your dentist. To learn which cosmetic dentistry treatment is suited to your needs, contact our office at Artistic Smiles today!