Al Berger, DDS near Bayport, NY is happy to provide our patients with a lengthy menu of cosmetic dentistry treatments. Some of them are purely esthetic and some of them perform dual roles, offering a cosmetic improvement while also restoring the function of the tooth or the bite. No matter what treatment you have had, it is of the utmost importance that you know how to care for your cosmetic dentistry treatment in order to get the most out of it.
Pay attention to habits – It is usually quite a surprise for our patients to realize that they may have some habit that could jeopardize their cosmetic dentistry treatments. If you would provide truly optimal care for your cosmetic dentistry treatment, take a moment to consider if you are someone who chews on pens or pencils, taps their teeth regularly, opens things with their teeth or chews on things like ice or hard candies. If so, you could also harm your cosmetic treatments.
Rethink alcohol – While most cosmetic treatments don’t stain, certain compounds can actually cause problems. For example, alcohol can interact with bonding agents, weakening them. This can be alcohol in beverages, but also in things like mouth rinses. So, become a label reader and consider reducing the number of alcoholic beverages you drink. If you do drink often, consider using a straw to prevent it from contacting the teeth directly.
Get regular checkups and cleanings – Although some of your cosmetic treatments are made with porcelain that is stain resistant, this does not mean you can stop brushing and flossing, and it most definitely means you cannot skip checkups and cleanings. One of the best ways to care for your cosmetic dentistry treatments is to have your dentist near Bayport do at least one (preferably two) professional cleanings annually and also give them a thorough checkup.
Consider toothpaste – You should not use toothpaste with abrasive ingredients. Instead, ask us for recommendations about the right product.
If you have additional questions about how care for your cosmetic dentistry treatment, or you have questions about other treatments mentioned, give us a call at our office near Bayport, NY at 631-589-2600. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.