Replacing your lost teeth with a dental implant-supported prosthetic isn’t the end-all of restoring your smile. Like your natural teeth, dental implant restorations require your routine care and attention to stay bright, beautiful, and healthy. While basic hygiene principles remain the same, some techniques for your natural smile’s upkeep, such as professional teeth-whitening, aren’t as successful on your replacement teeth. Today, we explain why chemical teeth-whitening isn’t as effective on your dental implants as it is on your natural teeth, and how to best preserve your new smile’s beauty.
Your Natural Teeth vs. Your Replacement Teeth
Tooth stains are the most frequent kind of smile blemish, and professional teeth-whitening is one of the most commonly-requested cosmetic dental procedures. Since stains can occur from the food and drinks you consume, they may also blemish your replacement teeth in the absence of adequate hygiene and care. For natural teeth, professional teeth-whitening chemicals can penetrate your teeth’s enamel to eliminate the stains that mar their appearance. The restorations attached to your dental implants, however, aren’t crafted from mineralized tooth enamel, but rather from innovative dental porcelain that’s specially crafted to mimic your natural teeth.
Keeping an Implant Smile Beautiful
Aside from being ineffective, chemical teeth-whitening can damage the porcelain used to create your replacement teeth. Luckily, that doesn’t mean that your new teeth are destined to stain and remain blemished. By brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day and maintaining a diligent schedule of routine professional care, you can help prevent stains and other issues from afflicting your dental implant restorations. If stains or discoloration do develop, then visit our office to speak with Dr. Engelberg about your cosmetic options.
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Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.