Maintaining excellent dental health doesn’t end when you leave our office. The success of many procedures and the effectiveness of several treatments depends on how you care for your teeth at home. For that reason, we want you to have all the knowledge you need to care for your smile at home and make your dental health last.
Below you’ll find the home care instructions you should follow after some of our most popular treatments. After every procedure, we will prepare you for what to do at home as well. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact our office!
A professional teeth whitening is an excellent option to get the dazzling smile you want, but to maintain it, consider the following:
Avoid drinks that can cause stains like coffee, red wine, fruit juices, dark sodas, beer, and black tea
Try to avoid foods that are also known to cause stains like soy sauce, chocolate, and certain cured meats
Avoid smoking tobacco
Regularly and thoroughly brush your teeth after eating
Continue to floss and use mouthwash every day
Consider doing whitening touch-ups every six months to maintain the results
Make sure to clean your aligners before inserting them
To clean your aligners, use a soft bristle toothbrush with water and a small amount of toothpaste
Be sure to rinse each aligner thoroughly with water after cleaning
It’s recommended that you use the Invisalign aligner cleaning products once a week
Do NOT use denture cleaners to clean aligners. Do NOT soak them in mouthwash. These products have abrasive properties that can cause damage to the aligners
Remove your aligners before eating or drinking. (It is not necessary to remove the aligners when drinking cold water.)
Brush and floss your teeth after each meal or snack and before you insert the aligners back in place
If you have any questions regarding hygiene techniques, please consult your doctor.
We recommend regular dental health check-ups to keep track of your gum health.
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Make sure to brush two to three times a day and floss at least once a day
When flossing, make sure to wrap the floss as far back and around the implant as possible since the shape of the crown can lead to food impaction
If your implants are part of a dental bridge, you should floss beneath the bridge as well as along the sides
Use a mouthwash or an oral irrigation device alongside regular flossing to maintain the area between your gums and the implants as clean as possible
Fluoride toothpaste is okay to use but you should avoid toothpaste with excessive abrasives like baking soda as these can remove the glaze of porcelain crowns
Continue to visit your dentist as regularly scheduled every three to six months