Your guide to maintaining your cosmetic treatment
Cosmetic treatments have become so popular and accessible to the general public. Whether you have had a full smile makeover or a few dental crowns, your treatment needs to be maintained in the same way as your natural teeth. What happens when your veneers chip or your crown shifts for some reason. When you go for your bi-annual checkup your dentist will look out for any changes that need to be fixed.
Routine maintenance includes a variety of diagnostic procedures and treatments designed to maintain the health of the teeth, gums and mouth. These procedures include checkups, dental cleanings, examinations, oral cancer screenings and diagnostic x-rays. Your dentist is able to identify things like small chips that could lead to infections among other arising complications that you can not see.
Avoiding teeth staining
If you are not careful, you risk staining your teeth. Dr Serfontein does not just perform cosmetic treatments, he guides you through the maintenance needed thereafter. Cosmetic treatments like veneers, dental crowns and porcelain resin fillings can get stained from coffee, tea and some everyday foods but Dr Serfontein will give you an idea of how long you will need to avoid these beverages and foods.
It only takes 24hours for the plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into tartar. Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention. At cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.
Treatments to maintain your smile
You have tried the so-called “whitening” kits from the toothpaste aisle. But they do not go far enough. With the Zoom whitening system, we can jump-start your brighter smile. Some people are born with teeth that are more yellow than others. Others have teeth that yellow with age. Your natural tooth colour can also be affected by many factors. We will be able to assess your oral health and recommend the whitening method that’s best for you.
A damaged tooth that still has a healthy foundation can be protected and visually improved with the addition of a crown or overlay. Porcelain crowns, also called caps, are natural-looking covers that fit securely over a compromised tooth to correct breaks, fractures or stains. Gaps in your smile are no laughing matter, as they can lead to the drifting of surrounding teeth. Dental bridges eliminate gaps by literally bridging the space between missing teeth. The finished result is a natural, beautiful smile.