You just bought that new pair of aqua blue running shoes you’d been wanting, and you decide to wear them out of the store. It rained this morning, but you’re going to be careful.
You’re headed down the sidewalk to your car and – oh no – that darn truck sped by and splashed you! Your new shoes are already stained, what a bummer.
This unfortunate footwear situation is not unlike staining your new dental implants. Like any investment, you want to protect them the best you can. Do dental implants stain like real teeth? Keep reading to find out the answer, as well as how to take care of them.
Are Stains an Issue for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are usually made from ceramic porcelain, which is resistant to stains as long as you maintain the glaze on the surface. However, if you polish the implants with abrasive materials or treat them with acid fluoride, the surface can become rough and susceptible to staining.
If you have dental implants, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a gentle toothpaste regularly to prevent damage.
Also, even though dental implants that are well cared for won’t discolor, the bonding material that holds them in place can. This means staining can occur around the edges. Polishing treatment from your dentist will be necessary to remove bonding material stains.
What Can You Do to Keep Your Dental Implants Looking Great?
Dental implants are designed to look like natural teeth, so you should try to treat them with the same care. That means brushing and flossing at least twice a day with the use of mouthwash as well. In fact, it’s best to brush and rinse after every meal. When you consume acidic items, you should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing since your enamel will be weakened.
On the other hand, here are some things to avoid:
- Avoid using highly abrasive toothpaste. Regular toothpaste can be highly abrasive to ceramic or porcelain dental implants. Your dentist can recommend nonabrasive toothpaste or gels that will only clean the surface.
- Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco. The tar and nicotine in tobacco can both discolor teeth with a yellowish or brownish look. Plus, tobacco use can cause your implants to fail, making it necessary to buy new ones for reasons not based on appearance.
- Avoid food and drinks that contain tannins. Items like coffee, berries, red wine, and tea may corrode implants and leave behind dark stains that can only be removed by a dental professional.
Dental implants can be difference-makers for the confidence you have in your smile. If they are well-maintained, it is easy to avoid issues with discoloration.
About the Author
Dr. Lance Anderson became interested in dentistry during high school when his older sister was studying to be a dental hygienist. He committed to studies of his own to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Anderson considers dental implants to be one of his areas of expertise. He can answer any questions you might have about the advantages of dental implants, as well as how to care for them. To schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (307) 548-7654.