Now that you’ve had cosmetic dental work done, it’s time to preserve your healthy new look. Your mouth will require different methods of upkeep depending on the procedure you’ve undergone:
Take care of your implants the way you would take care of natural teeth—brush after every meal, floss every day, and avoid sugary foods and drinks as well as alcohol and tobacco. Use a Waterpik or similar oral irrigator daily to gently remove debris from the gum line. Remember to keep the pressure fairly light to avoid damaging the area around the implant.
Lumineers can quickly and easily transform the look of teeth without damaging the natural enamel underneath. They are designed to last for 20 years, but if they chip or become cracked, they may need to be replaced sooner. Lumineers must be treated with care, but otherwise require no maintenance beyond regular dental visits.
Invisalign creates comparable results to metal braces while remaining nearly undetectable during treatment. Invisalign aligners must be removed when eating or drinking, and both the aligners and the teeth should be cleaned after meals.
Teeth whitening can transform stained teeth into a glowing smile. To maintain your newfound pearly whiteness, be sure to avoid dark-colored food or drinks for the first 48 hours after the procedure. You can reduce the likelihood of future staining by avoiding smoking, coffee, and tea (or drinking these beverages through a straw and rinsing with water afterward). Normal oral care should continue with the addition of monthly home bleaching.
For more information about dental maintenance, get in touch with a professional. If you’re in NYC and are looking into general or cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS at (888) 775-8116.