There are many routine dental procedures patients typically experience annually. The most common elements of dental checkups include X-rays and a cleaning. However, what happens if there is a problem with the gums? Even the most diligent patient may sometimes miss the early warning signs of gum disease. In this case, the dentist may perform…
Aftercare Smile Makeover Aftercare Tips
There are few things a person can do to improve their appearance that make more of a difference than a smile makeover. Ranging from cleaning and whitening to the installation of crowns or bridges, this process can solve many problems. Because of the work it takes to achieve the end result, patients often have questions as to what should be done to preserve the effect.
What takes place during a smile makeover?
A patient and dentist will decide together, whether a smile makeover is a good option for treatment. A full-panel X-ray can be taken to determine health issues lying below the gum line that need to be resolved. Cavities should be filled; crowns may be seated to repair broken teeth and a root canal performed if needed. If teeth are missing, bridges can be placed to span the difference. Color-matched veneers may be applied to cover staining or to repair an uneven tooth line or chipped teeth.
What are ways to maintain a makeover on one’s smile?
A smile makeover is a big investment. It is important to take action to help to maintain the beautiful results in the long run.
1. Regular brushing
A patient should develop the habit of brushing the teeth at least twice daily to keep plaque and tartar from forming along the gums or between teeth. This also keeps bits of acidic foods from eating into the teeth, causing cavities to develop. A whitening toothpaste and rinse can be used, but any good toothpaste should do the job. Moving in small circles using a soft-bristle brush, both front and back surfaces should be cleaned.
2. Careful flossing
Although veneers or crowns are strong and dental techniques attach them solidly, a bit more caution should be practiced when flossing to not pull them loose. The dentist may suggest floss loops to clean beneath bridges, as leaving debris there can lead to soreness or infection of the gums. Flossing should be done twice daily and anytime it feels as if food has been lodged between the teeth.
3. Ongoing whitening treatments
The patient may receive either whitening or bleaching processes to brighten the teeth, especially before color matching the permanent veneers. Over time the whitening effect may fade or new stains appear. Using custom-fitted trays, the patient can continue to do treatments at home to maintain the whitening effect.
4. Regular visits to the dentist
The last and perhaps most important maintenance item is to keep routine appointments with the dentist. Inspecting for any sign of loosening veneers or cavities or reasons to change the method for whitening, the dentist can catch problems before they get out of hand as well as monitor mouth health.
A smile makeover is a game-changer for many people. It is not the end of the road, however, so it is important to take conscientious care on a daily basis to make it last. With proper maintenance, patients can ensure their smile stays bright and beautiful for years to come.
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