Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite after receiving cosmetic treatment in Haledon and Caldwell, New Jersey. When the bite is altered, or the position of the teeth is changed, it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call Belmont Dental Associates at Haledon 973-790-4494 Caldwell 862-702-3797 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat and cold. The teeth require some time to heal after the removal of any tooth structure, and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication, such as one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen [Motrin] every 3-4 hours should ease any residual discomfort.

Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and start speaking normally again. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside in about a week.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances, such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails or pencils, and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

If you engage in sports, let us know so we can make a custom mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. Drs. Lembo and Jaffin always welcome your questions.