For many patients, a smile makeover can provide aesthetic and functional improvements to their teeth. The treatment can address multiple concerns such as tooth shape or discoloration by combining different dentistry procedures, including porcelain veneers, Invisalign® and more. At OC Lifesmiles, our cosmetic dentist, John Cross, DDS, utilizes a variety of treatments and techniques to give patients the smile of their dreams.
A common question many patients have after the procedure is how to preserve the results. Below, you can find a few top tips for maintaining long-term smile makeover outcomes and preserving healthy teeth and gums.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products. It is best to avoid smoking in general, but especially if you have had restorative or cosmetic dental work done, like a smile makeover. Oral issues that nicotine and tobacco can contribute to include teeth staining and greater risk of gum disease.
- Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. By regularly brushing and flossing, you can reduce the chances of bacteria build-up, gum inflammation, and cavities. It’s recommended that patients brush at least twice a day and floss at least once to help maintain their smile makeover results.
- Attend scheduled dental visits. It is important to stay on top of dental cleanings and exams, as professional dental equipment can reach the places brushing and flossing may not be able to access as easily. Additionally, your dentist can catch any problems that may have arisen and address them in a timely fashion.
- Eat healthy and nutrient-rich foods. A balanced diet of nutrient-rich foods helps promote teeth and gum health. Examples include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Sugary foods can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease.
For more information about a smile makeover, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cross.