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Post-Cosmetic: How to Take Care of Your Teeth

BackMountainDentalA cosmetic procedure can clean up your teeth and turn your smile into a perfect one. However, you’ll still have to take care of your teeth after. One of the things you have to be very careful about is the food you eat. Here are some food types a cosmetic dentist will advise you to avoid:

Staining Food and Dark Beverages

Teeth whitening procedures brighten a person’s smile. The quality of the whitening treatment may diminish, however, if you frequently take food and dark beverages that can stain teeth, like beets, blueberries, coffee, soft drinks, tea, and red wine. Similarly, the adhesive used to bond cosmetic dental appliances like veneers could get stained by these highly pigmented food and drinks.

Hard Food

Veneers and other dental prosthetics are quite durable, but too much force or stress can chip or knock them off. Chewing on hard meat, nuts, crusty bread, and ice should be avoided. As with natural teeth, biting your nails, pens, and other hard objects is discouraged to avoid damaging these prosthetics.


Traditionally restorative in nature, porcelain crowns, bridges, and veneers may be used for cosmetic reasons. Take note that a crown or bridge may loosen and fall out when you eat candy. Sticky, chewy candy like toffee and gum can cling to the surface of the prosthetic and partially separate it from the tooth. A loosened crown or bridge could completely detach and potentially injure your mouth—or even become a choking hazard.


October 5, 2014 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry | , , ,

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