If you’ve just had dental work done, or some veneers done, congratulations. I’m pretty sure you should be loving your smile. Now here are four different ways to help you preserve your smile because with everything and anything there’s a lifespan to things, and by following these four tips, I assure you that things can last longer than what it should be and you get to actually enjoy your smile a lot longer.
Now, one of the key, main things is brushing your teeth. I know it sounds naggy, but you need to still brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth because when you’ve got a cosmetic treatment done, the underlying structure of the veneer for example, is to your tooth and tooth is very organic and when this organic bacteria can still infect the tooth and cause decay or disease. So, brush your teeth well and treat your teeth well so the teeth will last a long time.
Now, secondly, do not forget your regular six-month dental visit. Now the reason why that’s important is because if there’s any issues that’s creeping up, like little minor issues that potentially could become a big issue, the dentist can pick it up really quickly and avoid a disaster from happening. For example, if there’s a leaking tap and you leave it for too long, one of these days, the tap’s going to burst so you might want to actually get a plumber to fix the leak first before it becomes a bit too late. Otherwise, you might be in for a lot more treatment.
Number three, you should potentially wear a night splint, whether you grind or you do not grind when you’re sleeping. The reason is this, for example, if you drive a car and legally you should be wearing a seatbelt, now if you choose not to wear a seatbelt and you get into an accident, you’d be wishing that you wore a seatbelt because it helps you save your life.
Very similar to a night splint. If you wear a night splint in mouth, that prevents your upper and lower teeth from being in contact when you’re sleeping and in the off chance of you grinding your teeth at night — it could happen during a period of stress, or it could be just a habit that you have — you’re going to preserve your teeth a lot longer because it prevents your teeth from being in contact and at the same time, prevents any fractures on your new dental work.
Finally, to preserve your teeth in the long term, you should treat your teeth with respect and care no matter what you do. I’ve got patients coming in who have broken their real set of teeth by eating into an apricot for example, because he went too far, went too vigorous into the bite and he bit into the seed. If you want to prevent that from happening, be careful of what you eat and be mindful of what you put in your mouth because anything that can break a natural tooth, can break your porcelain veneers as well.
Here are the four tips. I’ll repeat them again. First of all, be mindful of what you eat and chew because that way you can prevent any chippings. Wear a night splint if you can because that will help you prevent your teeth from grinding at night when you’re sleeping. Number three, visit a dentist regularly every six months because if there’s any small issues that can be rectified, it can be rectified very easily and very cheaply. Finally, brush your teeth twice a day and floss as well because that will help with the foundation of your teeth and prolong the lifespan of teeth in the long term.
If you’ve actually benefited from this advice, I would strongly encourage you to share this with some of your friends who may or may not have done cosmetic dentistry because this might help them prolong the lifespan of their treatment.