Cosmetic Aftercare Instructions

We use the very latest cosmetic technology and techniques, combined with the expertise of our knowledgeable team to help create your perfect smile. With exacting attention to detail throughout the process, we know that you’ll want to do all you can to ensure your smile exceeds your expectations. It’s very important therefore that you follow our instructions for care both during and after your treatment.

What you need to do after cosmetic treatment

 

We are not responsible for your general dental hygiene and it is important that you follow any instructions given by our highly experienced clinicians. Regular check-ups, and hygienist appointments every 3 to 6 months are always advisable.

Whitening:

Possible sensitivity after Zoom Whitening

Some patients may experience sensitivity during and after the treatment. The Zoom light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. Rarely, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure but always dissipate. Your dentist can also recommend post-treatment sensitivity relief products.

Home teeth whitening using Enlighten

Home teeth whitening involves wearing small, close fitting, super-sealed whitening trays with specially designed premium Enlighten Evolution Carbamide Peroxide whitening gel for ten nights.

 

We provide you with ten night’s supply of whitening gel and close fitting whitening trays, giving you everything you need to achieve fantastic results. Where possible, we can even provide you with a tailor-made whitening tray during your consultation visit so that you can start whitening straight away.

Any pain or discomfort?

You may get some transient sensitivity; however, your dentist will give you easy to use desensitising swabs to take home. These will work immediately.

For longevity top-ups may be necessary

Usually, this procedure will last for many years. Top-ups may be necessary from time to time. This could be every few years.

Veneers:

What about Aftercare of my Porcelain Veneers?

 

Crafted with exacting attention to detail, your beautiful new smile comes with complete aftercare advice as standard. We know that you’ll want to maintain the flawless look and feel or your porcelain veneers so follow the aftercare recommendations provided by your orthodontist.

Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do?

You’ll be able to eat, drink and smile as normal as soon as you leave the clinic. However, if you were given an anesthetic during the fitting of your veneers, you should be exercise caution for the first few hours until it wears off fully.

 

If you were given an anaesthetic, you may notice that your bite does not feel quite right. This is perfectly normal when your mouth is numb and nothing to be concerned about. If it still feels a little odd a few days later, please call us to make an appointment for an adjustment.

 

It is also possible that your veneers may feel a little rough in places after bonding-in. Often the surface will become smoother naturally after just a few days of normal eating and chewing. If the surface of your porcelain veneers still feels rough after a few days, please contact the clinic to make an appointment with us – your orthodontist will be able to smooth it off for your comfort.

Will I be in pain after my veneers are fitted?

You should not feel any pain when your veneers are fitted but you may experience some soreness around the gum where the margins have been polished. A little bit of extra sensitivity is also to be expected but everything should be back to normal within a few days.

 

If you experience any problems or have any concerns, please contact the clinic to make an appointment.

What precautions should I take in the future?

Nightguard: If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping you should already be wearing a nightguard. If have had veneers or any major dental work carried out, it is even more important to wear a nightguard to avoid you damaging your veneers while you sleep.

 

Foods: Hard foods such as apples and chocolate bars should be cut or broken into smaller pieces before eating. Veneers are not as strong as your natural teeth so you will need to be a little more careful, especially when eating things such as bone in meat, pips, seeds and nuts.

 

Don’t bite or tear things: It’s important to use your common sense after having porcelain veneers. Do not use your teeth to open anything such as packets or beer bottles for example. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects such as pencils or ice.

 

Do not chew with your front teeth: This may sound (and feel) a little strange initially but if you don’t have any back teeth- this is what you will end up doing. Incisors are meant for exactly that- incising food while molars and premolars are for chewing. This may mean your back teeth will need to be restored in order to give you proper chewing surfaces. Ideally, this work should be planned and completed before having the veneers. Your orthodontist will be able to advise during your initial consultation.

 

Sports: If you play contact sports such as rugby or football, you’ll need to wear a quality orthodontist – made protective mouth guard, so your veneers and teeth aren’t damaged. A severe blow could catastrophically damage your teeth and require very expensive treatment to fix.

What about maintenance?

Commit to good dental hygiene: Good dental hygiene becomes even more important once you have porcelain veneers. You will need to brush twice daily with a floral toothpaste and floss regularly.

 

Maintain a good diet: You’ll want to keep your veneers a beautiful clean, white colour so that will mean regulating or reducing the number of teas, coffees, red wines, colas and cigarettes you consume. This helps to keep your veneers (and regular teeth) stain free.

 

Attend regular checkups: Regular dental checkups and cleaning are extremely important. They keep your veneers looking good and can detect any problems in their early stages. The more work you have done to your teeth, the more important these checks become, as the likelihood of something going wrong increases.

White Fillings:

 

In the immediate period after a filling is carried out, that side of the mouth may be very numb. It is advisable not to use the tongue and lip on that side of the mouth too much until the numbness has stopped.

 

Daily Flossing and brushing of the tooth and filling are essential to prevent bacterial accumulation around the filling margins which can lead to bacterial leakage.

Please book a review appointment in 2-3 weeks.

Please do not hesitate to call us should you have any questions or concerns

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