Dental implants are a great solution to replace your missing teeth; however, they are a big investment. It’s normal to wonder if the time and money will be worth it? Yes! Your new teeth can stay bright and beautiful for decades with the right care. You won’t have to worry about your smile changing color over time because dental implants are stain-resistant, but that doesn’t mean you can stop brushing and flossing. Here’s what you need to know to keep your dental implants looking their best.
Do Dental Implants Discolor?
Most restorations used along with dental implants are made of porcelain, which is resistant to stains. Unfortunately, they can appear discolored if you aren’t careful. Abrasive dental products can roughen the surface of your dental implants, causing them to look dull. With the outer layer stripped away, your dental implants will be more likely to discolor. You can preserve your radiant smile by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth.
Although the restorations won’t change color, the bonding material is vulnerable to stains. It’s not unusual for staining to occur around the edges of implants. Your dentist can polish the area to remove the stains to restore natural-looking results.
How to Keep Your Dental Implants White
Your dental implants will serve as your real teeth, which means they must be treated with care. They can last for 30 years or more by committing to your smile. You can ensure the long-term success and aesthetics of your new smile by following a few simple tips:
- Follow a solid oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice per day, if not after every meal. Don’t forget to floss daily and use a mouthwash to kill any bacteria left behind.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco. Tobacco is notorious for causing stains because it contains tar and nicotine. Smoking not only increases the likeliness of discoloration, but it can also raise your risk of dental implant failure. It’s best to kick the habit to protect your investment.
- Limit dark foods and drinks. Foods containing tannins can erode your teeth, leaving them stained and discolored. Your implant dentist will recommend limiting how often you have darkly pigmented foods and drinks, like coffee, berries, or red wine.
- Visit your dentist. Schedule a cleaning and checkup every 6 months to promote the lifespan of your dental implants while protecting their flawless appearance.
Dental implants are an effective method to enjoy a bright, complete smile permanently. You won’t waste money on replacements or whitening treatments. It’s easy to maintain the smile of your dreams with the right oral habits at home and regular care from your dentist.
About Dr. Jeff Lee
Dr. Lee attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry before continuing his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has the training and experience to treat the most complex oral health issues, including tooth loss. If you’re ready to replace your lost teeth, contact our office today to request a consultation for dental implants.