At Redford Dental Care, we understand the importance of having a beautiful smile in today’s day and age. With social media and selfies constantly in our face, it’s common to want to have a beautiful smile all the time so you can be camera ready and confident in your smile! Learn about the different do’s and don’ts for a beautiful smile from our Carmichael dentist at Redford Dental Care.

Do Visit Your Dentist for Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are unhappy with your smile, the first step you should take is visiting your dentist in Carmichael for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Dr. Redford will meet with you to discuss what you like and dislike about your smile. He will then present you with all of the different cosmetic dentistry options we have available at our practice like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and Invisalign clear aligners. He might even recommend a smile makeover which consists of multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments to perfect your smile and make it one you love.

If you don’t like your smile, make sure you’re visiting a dentist and not trying to correct your problems yourself either through store-bought items or through strange trends you discovered online. These will not give you the results you want and you may even damage your teeth in the process. To not waste your time, money and to maintain the best health for your smile, please visit Dr. Redford for all of your cosmetic dentistry needs. He is here to give you the results you desire without harming your smile in the process.

Do Visit the Dentist Regularly

Once you have a gorgeous new smile with help from cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to do everything in your power to maintain this new smile. Maintaining your smile will prevent you from ever going a day with a bad smile and it will save you money in the long run. You won’t have to return as often for cosmetic dentistry treatment touch-ups, instead, you will visit us frequently for normal preventive dentistry. During your check-ups, we will ensure your cosmetic treatments are still looking great and will let you know if we need to make any altercations to maintain them. It’s also very important to visit us regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Do Visit the Dentist for Check-Ups and Cleanings

Every 6 months or so, it’s important that you make time to come visit us at Redford Dental Care for your bi-yearly dental exam and cleaning. During this time, we will check your mouth for cavities, decay and ensure any restorations or cosmetic treatments in your mouth are still in good condition and holding up well. We will take dental x-rays to see if there are any underlying problems occurring in your mouth, and if so, this will tell us what we need to know about treating your tooth efficiently and effectively.

After your x-rays and dental exam, our hygienist will give your teeth a good cleaning. This is where she or he removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth. This is the most important part of your visit! Without this dental cleaning, the plaque or tartar stuck to your teeth can develop into dental decay and cavities. In addition, it can also cause you to develop different gum diseases. One of the best benefits for you, dental cleanings help your teeth stay looking clean and healthy! This will not only help your smile look great, but it will help you maintain your cosmetic dentistry treatments even longer. Porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments are more likely to last longer when you have a healthy smile.

Do Take Care of Your Smile at Home

When it comes to caring to maintain a beautiful smile, you need to make sure you’re taking care of it at home. Brushing and flossing effectively at home is the best way you will achieve this. We recommend brushing twice a day and in-between meals if possible and then flossing at least once a day. This removes plaque and tartar from your teeth, harmful bacteria and food and drinks that may stain your teeth. This will also help prevent cavities and dental decay! Maintaining a healthy smile is the best way to ensure it always looks beautiful. It also helps you steer clear of bad breath!

Do Eat Healthy

Eating a healthy diet is just as important for your dental health as brushing your teeth is. Eating healthy doesn’t mean don’t indulge in your favorite greasy or sweet foods every once in a while, it just means be mindful of how much unhealthy food you eat. Desserts or other sweet foods contain sugar, and when this sugar comes into contact with your teeth, it mixes with the bacteria in your mouth and causes plaque, tartar, and even decay. If you tend to stay away from sugary foods and drinks, you should be fine. Also be aware that foods high in carbs have the same effect as candy and desserts. For best results, eat desserts and bread in moderation to maintain a beautiful smile from the inside out.

Don’t Eat or Drink Food and Drinks that Stain Your Teeth

On the topic of eating healthy, you should also be aware of the different foods and drinks that stain your teeth. This includes drinks like coffee, tea, wine or dark sodas. When you drink these regularly, or often, they can easily penetrate your porous teeth, causing a yellowed appearance or stain marks. For best results, either drink these through a straw or brush your teeth after consuming them. When it comes to food, there are certain foods that can stain your teeth. One of the most popular is berries like blueberries and blackberries. These sugary and delicious fruits can take away the luminescence of your teeth, providing you instead with a yellowed or stained smile. To maintain that white smile following a teeth whitening treatment, try to avoid the different foods and drinks out there that stain your teeth.

Do Use Preventive Dentistry

When it comes to maintaining your beautiful smile, preventive dentistry is everything. You wouldn’t want to ruin a smile that you just invested thousands of dollars into, would you? Following a cosmetic dentistry treatment like porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, not investing time and energy into preventive dentistry will cause you to end up with a mouth full of cavities and gum disease. As a result, your veneers might fail or you could lose a tooth. Having a beautiful smile only comes with also having a healthy smile. Make sure to brush your teeth at home, floss, use mouthwash, visit us for check-ups, and to always visit us if you notice any problems happening in your mouth. That way, we can treat problems when they are still minor and before they can harm your teeth any further.

Do Wear Your Retainer

Following an orthodontic treatment, especially as an adult, it can be hard to force yourself to wear your retainer. Directly after the completion of your orthodontic treatment, your Carmichael dentist will instruct you to wear your retainer for 6 weeks straight, only to be removed for eating and brushing your teeth. At first, you will talk with a lisp which will definitely discourage you from wanting to wear it. You should be warned though, if you do not wear your retainer as often as we instruct, you will potentially face risking your teeth going back to their original position.

If you just went through years of orthodontics, this is the last thing you will want to happen to your teeth. In order to maintain your beautiful smile, make sure to wear your retainer as per your dentist or orthodontist instructs, whether that’s just a few nights a week or 24 hours a day. You will thank yourself when your teeth stay in their correct position and you don’t have to undergo an additional orthodontics treatment.

Don’t Forget to Wear Your Night Guard

Preventive dentistry comes in all shapes and forms. One of the ways to protect your smile is by wearing your night guard if you have one. Night guards are prescribed to patients who clench or grind their teeth while they sleep. As a result, your teeth can be ground away to tiny numbs, experience stress fractures and even cause cavities from these cracks. In addition, patients experience headaches and jaw pain from this bad habit. To maintain your beautiful smile, make sure you wear your night guard every night. This will prevent breaking your teeth, jaw pain, and headaches. It will also keep your smile looking great!

Do Visit Your Dentist for Whitening Touch-Ups

If you received a teeth whitening treatment in Carmichael from our dentist, if you notice that your smile is no longer as white as it once was, please visit us for a touchup! Doing a simple touchup treatment can revamp your smile and prevent you from undergoing another complete teeth whitening procedure. A slight touch up might even help you last another year or two before your next whitening procedure. Give us a call today to schedule it.

Don’t Use Whitening Strips More Than Once a Year

Although we don’t recommend it, we do know that our patients tend to use whitening strips from the store. If you do choose this method of teeth whitening, please do not use it more than once a year. This is because the strips are harmful to your teeth and can break down your enamel if used incorrectly. In addition, most patients find that their teeth become incredibly sensitive following a second whitening strips procedure within the same year.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Tool

There are tools like bottle openers, scissors and screwdrivers out there for a reason. Your teeth should not be used as a tool. If you think it’s cool to open beer bottles using your teeth, think again. Losing a tooth over something as preventable as this is definitely not cool. Avoid breaking or harming your teeth and only use your teeth for what they are meant for: chewing food.

Do Upgrade Your Toothbrush

If you regularly buy your toothbrushes from the dollar store, you’re probably not getting as good of a cleaning as someone who uses a more expensive manual toothbrush or someone who invests in an electric toothbrush. If you find that your teeth are not getting clean enough with brushing alone, you should consider investing in an electric toothbrush. It cleans your teeth better with less effort. This can prevent stains and also be more effective at preventing cavities. We can help you choose your next toothbrush if you wish! Just give us a call.

Do Invest in Your Smile

Lastly, if you’re still unhappy with your smile, do invest in one that you love! With our wide variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments available, we can give any patient a smile that they love. If you have gapped, crooked, misaligned, stained, short, or teeth that give you a gummy smile, we can use one of our many treatments to help correct that! If you need a bit of restorative work beforehand, we can restore your teeth back to their complete health or even replace missing teeth with our different restorative dentistry treatments like dental implants, dental crowns and more.

Do Contact Redford Dental Care for More Information

If you’re ready to obtain a smile you love or find out more tips for maintaining your smile, it’s time to give Redford Dental Care in Carmichael a call to schedule your appointment. Our cosmetic dentist is happy to meet with you so that you can achieve your smile goals! Contact us today via our online form and we will get back to you.