After you’ve invested a considerable amount of time and resources in enhancing your smile by working with a cosmetic dentist, you want to reap the rewards for as long as possible. We can help you develop a plan for doing so.
There are different considerations for different types of cosmetic dental work, so make sure that you discuss the specifics for maximizing the results of your particular treatment.
Types Of Cosmetic Dental Work
Your cosmetic dentist may recommend any number of different treatments to help achieve your smile goals. The most common interventions are the following:
- Teeth whitening: Bleaching agents leave the teeth up to 10 shades whiter.
- Porcelain veneers: Thin tooth-shaped shells of porcelain are bonded to the teeth to conceal various defects.
- White restorations and composite fillings: Tooth-colored composite materials or ceramics are used to restore teeth damaged by decay or other issues.
- Dental bonding: Minor defects are repaired by applying a tooth-colored material to the area and curing it.
Maintaining Your Results
The maintenance required for your smile will depend on which cosmetic treatments were involved. For example:
- To keep your teeth as white as possible, minimize your consumption of foods and beverages that can stain the teeth, such as coffee and red wine. Talk to your cosmetic dentist to see how often you should plan on having touchup treatments.
- For porcelain veneers, brush and floss as directed. And use common sense. Although porcelain veneers are quite strong after they are bonded to the teeth, they’re not indestructible. Don’t bite into items that could damage them.
- Restorations, fillings and dental bonding: Practice good dental hygiene and don’t use your teeth as tools or bite into non-food objects with them.
Your dentist may have more specific recommendations for you, so make sure that you fully understand all of the techniques that are used in maintenance.
The work of cosmetic interventions doesn’t end after you leave our office. You must work diligently to keep up your smile after active treatment is complete. If you have any questions about this aspect of the process, don’t hesitate to call the office of Dr. David Kuban and ask one of our knowledgeable staff members.