How To Make Your New Dental Restorations Last
Just completed a smile makeover and want your new investments to last for years to come? Just like your natural teeth, these dental restorations too need a little TLC to make sure they last for as long as possible. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind to make this possible:
Much like your natural teeth, corners are a prime location for bacteria to accumulate. The margins of your veneers or crowns rest against your natural teeth and in order to prevent these edges from developing decay around them, they need to be thoroughly cleaned each day. While brushing regularly is incredibly important, don’t forget to floss your restorations daily (and no, flossing will not pull your veneers off!)
Use non-abrasive toothpaste
Using abrasive, gritty toothpastes is not recommended for your porcelain restorations as they can scratch and damage them, which would also make it easier for stains to accumulate over time. Instead use a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing your teeth. If you’re unsure about which toothpaste to use, simply consult our SDG dentist for more information on after-care!
Wear a mouthguard
If you’re physically active and participate in athletic activities, you definitely want to avoid accidentally breaking your new restorations in a preventable injury. In these instances, we recommend wearing a sports mouthguard to reduce your risk of dental injuries and to protect your restorations. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard is always better than buying an over-the-counter product as it is more durable and offers better protection for your individual smile. If you need a mouthguard, we can do this for you as well!
Finally, we recommend that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a checkup to make sure any problems are intercepted early and to ensure your smile is healthy, restorations included! Want to feel confident in the way your smile looks? Contact our SDG dentist and book an appointment today for the best dental care available!