5 Mistakes of Cosmetic Dentistry Maintenance

So you have got a full dental arc replaced with dental implants. Now your smile is beautiful, white and bright, but from time to time you will need professional maintenance to keep them that way. You need to be extremely careful with any type of cosmetic dental work, especially when it comes to maintenance in the dentist’s office.

Power polishing equipment

This is generally used by dental hygienists in order to speed up the routine professional dental cleanings. The teeth will become squeaky clean, and bright. However, in case you have got composite ceramic or porcelain veneers for instance, the sodium bicarbonate spray that comes out of these power polishing tools can break the beautiful glaze of your veneers.

They can easily cause tiny rough areas on the veneers, so your teeth will “absorb” stains much easier. Therefore, if you have got porcelain/composite veneers or crowns or other important cosmetic dental work, you do not want to expose them to the possible damages caused by power polishing.

The Ultrasonic Scalers

These are very important professional cleaning tools, but they should never be used with porcelain/composite veneers or crowns. The scaler can easily chip the edges of the crown/veneer.

Pumice polish

Dental hygienists use the pumice polish in order to eliminate safely the pellicle of protein layer from the tooth. However, pumice polish can easily scratch the surface of porcelain veneers or cause damage to composite bonding or other cosmetic dental work. Instead, ask your dentist or dental hygienist to use a polishing formula that is much smoother such as aluminum oxide polishing.

Acidulate fluoride treatments

These treatments are not recommended in case you have got dental veneers or porcelain crowns. In many instances, dentists will create custom tinted porcelain crowns, which match perfectly the natural hue of the rest of your teeth.

If fluoride treatment is applied, this will remove the color from the porcelain crown. Instead of acidulated fluoride, make sure to ask your dentist or dental hygienist to use a neutral fluoride, which is much smoother and will not damage your cosmetic dental work.

Is bonding work and porcelain immune to decay?

Yes and no. However you do have to respect a strict oral health cleaning regimen at home. Brush and floss the teeth exactly like they were natural, because only this way can you stay away from bacteria acuminating in between the cosmetic dental work and your gums. On the margins of the cosmetic dental work, where you may have some of your natural tooth exposed, you can get easily dental decay.

Never use toothpaste that is highly abrasive, especially if you have got cosmetic dental work done. You need to choose a gentle toothpaste that still has stain removing properties, without any abrasion.