November 7, 2023

Cosmetic Cues: Why Your Mouth Should be Clean Before Treatment

Filed under: Uncategorized — kraft @ 5:50 pm
Woman with blond hair in dentist's chair smiling at her reflection in a mirror

Millions of people have turned to cosmetic dentistry to enhance their smiles. Whether you want whiter, straighter, or more perfect teeth, your dentist provides cosmetic treatments that help. Before they can improve your appearance, however, they’ll need to ensure that your mouth is in good condition. They can enhance your looks, but their main priority is your oral health, after all. That means there are some services that they can’t, or won’t, perform until your pearly whites are clean. Continue reading to learn 3 reasons why!

Reason #1: Hidden Cavities

Did you know that it’s possible to have cavities that you’re unaware of? Patients often develop tooth decay in areas that are hard to reach to keep clean like between their teeth or in the back of their molars. In many cases, people don’t know they have a problem until they seek cosmetic therapies only for their dentist to inform them they need fillings, first.

For example, if you want a sparkling, bright white grin, your dentist has professional-grade solutions that can lighten your teeth several shades in a single visit. Applying the bleach over a cavity, however, causes a great deal of discomfort. Your dentist will address the problem before proceeding with cosmetic options.

Reason #2: Gum Disease

Gingivitis is often referred to as a ‘silent’ disease because it doesn’t show visible symptoms until it’s progressed into later stages. Thankfully, your dentist has specialized training and experience to identify it and will work with you to address it before starting any cosmetic treatment.

If you have receding gumlines due to infection, for instance, then your dentist won’t be able to place porcelain veneers correctly.  On top of that, they know that if gum disease is left unaddressed, it’s likely to spread and result in other medical conditions like oral cancer or heart issues. You want to have a happy smile in addition to a beautiful one, so it’s important to eradicate infection, first.

Reason #3: Maintenance

Most dental work requires consistent care for the results to last longer. For example, if you have your teeth whitened and then don’t brush them, they’re likely to look drab and dingy again in no time. Other treatments like porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth but require maintenance to remain in place. If you don’t brush and floss twice daily, you’re likely to develop tooth decay under or around your dental work. To show your dentist that you’re responsible, you should maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine so they know you’re capable of the aftercare required.

Fortunately, your dentist can help you clear up any areas of concern so that you can get back on track with your cosmetic goals!

About the Practice

At Kraft & Schrott Dental Associates, our team of dental experts takes pride in providing a full range of services to patients of all ages, including cosmetic solutions. Using modern technology and reliable techniques, they deliver quality results intended to last. They’re sure to be able to help you with all your smile makeover needs. You’re welcome to request a consultation on the website or by calling (617) 227-4924.

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