Aftercare – what to do next?
The treatment is over, but you’re only starting the journey with your new smile - to keep its shine we recommend a holistic approach to aftercare.
Whatever your treatment, the end result is a fantastic smile, but now is the time to start thinking about retaining that smile with a new aftercare regime. Brushing your teeth, flossing and using interdentals to clean between the gaps must be done daily, and combined with regular visits to your hygienist.
We will contact you the day after your treatment to make sure everything has gone well, but you should be aware of warning signs: should you have red or bleeding gums, or have bad mouth odour, then you should immediately get in touch. We are always here if you have any questions or concerns, and when you return to us for aftercare we want it to feel like revisiting old friends.
If you’ve had implants then you’ll need to visit our hygienist every three months and return to see Sharad once a year for five years to check that the bone levels around the implant are stable, and still looking good. the materials used for restoration of dental implants are improving all the time, but they will still discolour, wear down or break after several years. Likewise dentures normally last up to 15 years but, for both treatments, taking care of them is critical to prolonging their life.
Beauty emanates from good health, and whether you have your own teeth, implants or dentures, there are simple rules to follow for a healthy body that will reflect in your smile. This means eating well with plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains and drinking enough water. What you put into your body will be mimicked in your skin tone, hair, nails, teeth and general wellbeing. This includes bad habits such as smoking and drinking excessive amounts of tea and coffee, all of which will also stain your teeth. Likewise over or under eating will affect the proportion of your teeth size to your face, thus changing its shape and balance. Finally, simple bad habits such as chewing pens can wear the enamel and cause spaces to develop.