If you’ve had a smile makeover to improve the aesthetics of your smile, chances are, you want those changes to last. But how do you keep dental implants for a lifetime, or keep whitened teeth from staining once again? Here are some tips for how to keep your pearly whites in the best possible cosmetic condition after investing in aesthetic changes.
Tips for Keeping Your Whitened Teeth Nice and Bright
At Dental Restorative Group, we see a lot of local Cambridge residents for teeth whitening. And one of the most common questions these patients ask is, “How can I make my results last?”
While it may be impossible to keep whitened teeth white forever, meaning you may require maintenance whitening sessions, here are some tips for keeping your smile bright for longer:
Refrain from Smoking, Vaping, and Using Chewing Tobacco
If your teeth have stained because you have a habit of using nicotine products, there’s no better time to quit than now!
Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal and Drink – Especially If You’ve Consumed Something Known to Stain
Brushing our teeth doesn’t just get rid of bacteria, but it also gets rid of food debris. And some food debris, especially those that come from foods like red pasta sauces, can stain your teeth if left on them too long.
Drink Your Coffee and Colas with a StrawIf you can’t give up your caffeine habit, we understand. The struggle is real! But, switching to drinking coffee and colas with a straw, instead of straight out of the cup, bottle, or can help keep your teeth nice and white, longer.
Switch from Red Wine to White Wine
We know this might not be possible for wine connoisseurs, but if you only casually enjoy a glass of wine every now and then, consider switching from red to white.
Take Care of Your Dental Implants
For some Cambridge residents, dental implants are an important part of their smile makeover. Whether they replaced missing or badly decayed teeth, the new implants provide these patients with healthier looking smiles that, when cared for properly, can last a lifetime.
To make sure you get the most out of your dental implants, you should follow these tips:
- Brush your teeth and implants twice a day
- Floss in between any remaining natural teeth and your implants at least once a day
- Visit Dental Restorative Group in Cambridge for bi-annual dental cleanings to have your implants professionally cleaned
- Refrain from using nicotine products, which could cause dental implant failure
- If you notice any signs of infection in the gums surrounding your dental implants, see Dr. Chang right away as you may be developing a rare infection of dental implants called peri-implantitis
Learning More About Smile Makeover Preservation
The trick to maintaining your unique smile makeover really depends on the specific procedures you had performed by Cambridge’s Dr. Chang of Dental Restorative Group. Since no two treatment plans are alike, it’s best to get personalized maintenance advice from Dr. Chang to know how to keep your pearly whites in the best possible condition for as long as can be.
Whether you want to inquire about a smile makeover, or have already had one but want to know how to extend its results, Dr. Chang is here to help.
Contact our Cambridge office today at (617) 492-5081.