Are you thrilled at the idea of a more beautiful smile? Consider cosmetic dental bonding at Celebrity Dental in Franklin Square, NY. Dr. Steven Novick can perform dental bonding as an alternative to porcelain veneers. If you want a whiter, straighter smile without the need for orthodontics, this could be a solution for you. In most cases, dental bonding lasts for many years, and you can extend the life of your restorations by making four quick daily habit changes.
Is your smile looking lackluster? Call us at (516) 481-1446 to schedule an appointment.
Stop Biting Your Fingernails
Biting your fingernails damages more than your nails. It can also put undue stress on your teeth. If you undergo dental bonding, make a promise to yourself to stop chewing on your nails. Otherwise, you might cause the dental bond to break prematurely, requiring a visit to the dentist’s office to get it fixed.
How can you stop this common behavior? Try one of these methods:
- Keep your fingernails clean, trimmed, and neatly polished to reduce your temptation to bite them.
- Choose another stress reliever, such as journaling or exercise.
- Wear gloves in your car and house to remind yourself not to bite your nails.
Reduce Your Consumption of Stain-Causing Beverages
Do you have a coffee habit? The resin material used in dental bonding can stain, just like natural enamel. The more often you drink coffee, tea, wine, or other stain-causing beverages, the more likely you are to need more dental bonding sooner.
Feel like it’s just too tough to say “no” to the morning cup of joe? Try swapping stain-inducing drinks slowly. For instance, you might have one cup of regular coffee, and then get your noontime caffeine from a different source, such as white tea. If you still feel like nothing can take the place of coffee, do your best to floss and brush after every cup. This will minimize the staining power of the drink.
Cut Out the Cigarettes and Cigars
You probably don’t need another reason to stop smoking nicotine products. However, if your dental bonding treatment gets you to finally quit, use it as a springboard for better health.
The smoke from cigarettes and cigars, not to mention chewing tobacco products, can turn resin composite a yellowish or brownish color. Rather than discoloring your newly bright smile, create a smoking cessation plan and stick to it. Need a bit of professional help? Plenty of online and in-person “stop smoking” organizations are ready to help you win the battle against nicotine.
Take Good Care of Your Teeth and Gums
Although any dentist would advise you to take great care of your smile and follow a daily oral hygiene routine, Dr. Novick will especially emphasize this point after dental bonding. The better care you take of your teeth and gums, the less likely you will be to have problems.
What does “good care” mean? You should floss and brush twice a day, at least. At the same time, stay on track with your six-month dental check-ups. Finally, be sure to contact Celebrity Dental if you notice any unusual signs or symptoms of the teeth, gums, jaw joints, or other oral structures.