Smile aesthetics is an emotional and financial investment you will make in yourself to improve the health, function and appearance of your smile. You should make such an investment to have happy and satisfying returns in the years to come.
With proper care and regular dentist visits, your smile will look good and your crowns, porcelain laminated veneers and other restorations will be preserved for years. In fact, composite fillings will last for an average of 5 years if they are given the proper care. It takes 10 or more years before porcelain restorations (such as porcelain laminated veneers or crowns) need to be replaced with new ones.
Changing your oral hygiene habits to provide the most appropriate care for your restorations will help you preserve your new smile in the years to come. Therefore, make sure that you do not miss abiding by the following guides after the smile aesthetics:
Extremely abrasive toothpastes and tooth-brushing habits scratch the surface of restorations, and make some polish applications such as toothpaste fade. Therefore, non-abrasive fluoride toothpastes are recommended. Brush your teeth two to three times a day to get the best result.
The Use of Floss
The use of floss is a key factor in removing remains and plaque left on the teeth and prevents tooth decay by prolonging the life of the restorations. The use of dental floss is important for everyone, but for people with porcelain laminated veneers, it is especially more important as the health of the gum tissue must be perfect.
It has been proven that mouthwashes containing alcohol have a negative effect on composite fillings. Also, the alcohol content in mouthwash can cause the bond between your restorations (crowns and porcelain laminated veneers) and your teeth to abrade over time. For this reason, you should choose alcohol-free mouthwashes.
Avoid biting and/or chewing hard objects such as pens, staples, metal and bottle caps.
If you are grinding teeth (bruxism) and have been given dental plaque to prevent damage to your teeth, make sure that you use it.
We inform our patients that aesthetic dental restorations are not durable forever. The life of your new smile depends on how well you take care of it and the quality of the material used, as porcelain teeth will need to be replaced between a period of 10 to 15 years.
Therefore, do not forget; To preserve the beauty of your new smile in the long term, follow your dentist’s instructions and stick to all follow-up and regular cleaning appointments with your dentist and hygienist.