How to Care for Your Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

March 14, 2019 - 8 minutes read

If you recently got a cosmetic dentistry treatment, whether it was porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, or even an orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you can do to keep your beautiful new smile looking great! Eggleston Dental Care in Turlock is here to provide you with anything you need from preventive dentistry to cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. We want nothing more than for our patients to have healthy and beautiful smiles for life. Explore how to care for your cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Brush and Floss Your Teeth Regularly

One of the easiest and best ways for you to care for your cosmetic dentistry treatments is by simply flossing and brush your teeth every day. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, as well as flossing once per day, preferably in the evening before you go to bed. With these easy care tips, you can help maintain your new beautiful smile for even longer than you hoped. Brushing and flossing help keep your mouth clean. In other words, these easy steps will prevent decay and cavities from occurring in your mouth. When your mouth stays healthy, your cosmetic results will stay around.

Brushing your teeth and flossing are also great ways to avoid stains on your teeth caused by certain foods and drinks. The cleaner your teeth are, the better they will look and the less likely they will cause your cosmetic dentistry treatment to fail. It’s important to keep your healthy so that you do not develop gum disease, cavities or tooth decay.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Another easy way to care for your cosmetic dentistry treatment is by visiting our cosmetic dentist in Turlock regularly. When we say regularly, we actually mean every 6 months which is the regular amount of time that you should see your dentist. During this appointment, we begin by taking x-rays of your teeth. These x-rays will tell us if there are any underlying problems going on in your mouth that we might not be aware of. They will also tell us if you have restorations that are failing or need to be replaced. After we take x-rays, our dentist will give you a visual examination of your teeth. This is where he looks for problems with the naked eye. He can spot out signs of gum disease; plaque and tartar build up, tooth decay, cavities, gum recession and more.

Most importantly, he can spot out if there are any problems going on with your cosmetic dentistry treatment. It depends what treatment you had, but if there is a problem going on, or he notices that your results don’t look the same, he can fix them before they get worse. If our dentist also finds any other dental problems, he treats these before they progress. Lastly, we will finish up by giving you a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth to prevent cavities. These appointments are important for preventing dental problems from occurring, treating problems early, and for ensuring your cosmetic dentistry treatment results look great!

Protect Your Teeth

You might be wondering what else you can do to care for your cosmetic dentistry treatment in Turlock. One tip that many of our patients overlook is protecting their teeth. What exactly do we mean by protecting your teeth? To start, this means that you aren’t using your teeth for anything but chewing. Many people don’t know how bad it is to chew on ice, hard candies or use your teeth as a tool. Your teeth should be limited to chewing food and that’s about it.

You can also protect your teeth by using the appropriate oral appliances. For example, if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep (bruxism), you should be wearing a night guard to protect your teeth. Otherwise, your teeth can wear down and even crack or break from the bruxism. Another way you can protect your teeth is by wearing a mouth guard if you are playing contact sports or doing anything that might get your tooth knocked out or broken. These easy ways to protect your teeth will also protect your investment in cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Avoid Foods and Drinks That Stain Your Teeth

If you received a tooth whitening treatment at our Turlock dentist office, you will want to keep your bright white smile for as long as possible. In order to do this, we recommend that you follow our above tips in addition to avoiding foods and drinks that may stain your teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, and berries are just some of the things you should avoid if you want to maintain your glowing white smile.

Visit Us for Touch Ups

Another way you can care for your cosmetic dentistry treatment is by visiting us for touch-ups depending on the treatment you received. For example, if you got a teeth whitening treatment and you noticed that your smile has begun to fade, it’s important that you visit us for a quick whitening touch-up session.

Wear Your Retainer

Our last tip of advice for caring for your cosmetic dentistry treatment is that if you received any orthodontic treatment like braces or Invisalign, is to wear your retainer. Wearing your retainer every night will ensure that your teeth to move back to their original position and that your smile stays looking great.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Cosmetic Dentist in Turlock Today

Whether you need a touch-up, dental exam, or are curious about some of the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer at our Turlock dental office, our dentist is always happy to see you. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment with us.