Dental Composite Aftercare
Dental composites are one of the popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry. Composite treatment improves the color, size, and shape of the teeth, and even minor dental abnormalities and creates a beautiful smile for the person.
If your teeth do not need special treatment and are completely healthy, this procedure usually performed in one session. However, there are many points you should follow in the short and long term to increase the lifespan of dental composites. In the following, we describe the most important measures for proper maintenance of dental composites.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth on A Regular Basis
One of the most critical steps to maintain dental composites is to brush and floss your teeth after each meal regularly. Keep in mind that brushing your teeth alone is not enough to care for a dental composite because if some food gets stuck in the grooves of your teeth, it will cause a foul smell and leads to discoloration of dental composites over time.
Do Not Forget to Pay Visits to Dentistry
Regularly paying visits to the dentist can help diagnose dental diseases, abnormalities, and tooth decay early signs. Regular dental examinations and teeth cleaning are not only important for your health, but they are a guarantee for the longevity of your treatment.
Avoid Eating Hard Foods
Biting on hard foods can break or crack your dental crowns and veneers. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid biting directly on hard foods, such as ice cube, raw carrot, corn, and trail mix). Instead, you can first mash them into small pieces and then eat them. Despite these, if damaged, dental composites can be restored. You only need to visit your dentist.
Avoid Teeth Grinding
Many people unconsciously grind their teeth during sleep or sometimes awake. In some cases, teeth grinding or pushing the teeth together during the night may lead to serious damage to composites. If you are suffering from the same condition, you should consult your dentist and use a dental night guard during the night.
Avoid Consumption of Colored Beverages and Foods
The worst things for discoloration of dental composites are coffee, tea, wine, and cigarettes. If you are not willing to skip your favorite drink, try drinking it with a straw. Drinking colored beverages with a straw do not entirely prevent the discoloration of teeth and only slightly lessens its intensity.
Using a Toothpaste Suitable for Dental Composites
Some types of toothpaste contain ingredients that are very harmful to both the primary teeth and dental composites. When buying toothpaste, you should always read its ingredient label and make sure hydrogen peroxide, sodium carbonate, or baking soda are not in it.
Hydrogen peroxide destroys the teeth surfaces, and the harsh nature of baking soda damages the color and shine of dental composites. In general, it is better to use gel toothpaste because it is unlikely that such substances have been used in them.
If you do sports such as boxing, taekwondo, wrestling, and mix martial arts, you should place a dental guard between your teeth when exercising. Taking this measure makes teeth suffer the least damage possible in the event of an impact.