Once you have the smile you always wanted, it's important to care of it so it stays healthy and beautiful. The effects of most cosmetic dental treatments won't last forever, but you can make them last longer, with the right care. 

You must remember that a great smile is only the first step toward a whole new you. If you've been unhappy with your smile, you may not have taken the time to address other aspects of your appearance that could be improved. A new smile often brings the confidence and desire to make the most of what you've got. 

You won't believe the difference a few small adjustments can make in your appearance, confidence, and outlook on life.

Break those bad habits!

If bad habits ruined your smile in the first place, they'll spoil your beautiful new smile as well if you don't break them. For example-

  • Smoking and drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea will stain your restorations or newly bleached teeth. 
  • Grinding your restored teeth and chewing on or holding hard objects between them can cause wear, gaps, and chips or fractures that may stain.

If you want your new smile to last as long as possible, you'll need to leave your old bad habits behind.

Keep your smile beautiful!

  • Ask your dentist at every checkup if any of your restorations are showing signs of wear. 
  • Keep in mind that your restorations are made to support your enamel, so when they wear, your enamel may fracture. 
  • Worn restorations may also lead to discoloration and loss of tooth contour.

7 Signs you need to replace a restoration

  1. It's discolored, and you find it esthetically unappealing.
  2. It has cracks or chips, and the remaining tooth structure isn't protected.
  3. It's no longer fitting well or is "leaking."
  4. It's showing signs of wear.
  5. You're experiencing sensitivity.
  6. Restoration isn't compatible with your gum tissue.
  7. There are microcracks adjoining the restoration.