Maintain Your New And Improved Smile

By Kendra L. Patterson, DMD | Dental Clinic

Mar 06

With the innovative technology that cosmetic dentistry has experienced in recent years it is no longer necessary to live with a smile that you’re not completely pleased about. If your teeth are showing the signs of wear and tear a tooth whitening system can be used to get rid of any unsightliness. There are a variety of ways to whiten your teeth depending on the cause and severity of the discoloration. Your dentist will evaluate your particular needs and make a recommendation. Once your teeth are bright and shiny again you’ll want to keep them that way. There are a few helpful hints that you may find useful.

The whitening process itself will make your teeth somewhat more susceptible to staining so be careful about what you eat or drink for the first couple of days after. Anything that would leave a stain on your shirt if spilled will also discolor your teeth – that glass of red wine for instance, or the red sauce that enhances the flavor of your favorite pasta dish. Don’t worry it’s just a temporary precaution, you can get back to eating and drinking as usual in no time at all but try not to overindulge in the foods and beverages that are more likely to stain your teeth.

If you should forget or slip up and put blueberry jam on your breakfast toast or glob cherry topping on your piece of cheesecake without thinking, don’t panic. Brush your teeth asap and rinse well with plain water.

Long term maintenance after any cosmetic procedure consists of regular professional care and diligence when it comes to your home care habits. Brush as usual twice a day and floss at least once. Keep your toothbrush in an open air environment and use a fluoride toothpaste. Dental crowns and porcelain veneers can be damaged by biting down on a hard candy or an ice cube, for example. If you tend to grind or clench your teeth together your dentist may recommend wearing a mouthguard when you sleep.

Schedule your next appointment with Kendra Patterson, DMD today. Call the office @ 303-722-9504.

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