Eating: You should be able to enjoy whatever quality of life you choose, without interference from your teeth. This means that your new restorations should not limit your enjoyment of eating a wide variety of food without worrying about consequences of your teeth. Avoidance or eating these types of food in moderation may prevent restorations from losing their brilliance.
Drinking: As mentioned above with mouthwashes, alcohol has the ability to hasten the demise of bonded restorations. In addition, dark drinks like red wine are probably more offensive to esthetic restorations than lighter-in-color drinks. Nonalcoholic drinks can also cause problems. Coffee and tea are notorious stain-producers while soft drinks such as Coke and Pepsi can be laden with sugar and acids and may contribute to recurrent caries. Ice in any kind of drinks should not be chewed.
Habits: This area includes biting fingernails, pencils, etc., all of which can damage or dislodge restorations. Trying to open various types of containers, envelopes, etc., with teeth can also lead to loss of restorations.
Smoking: There is no doubt that smoking is highly deleterious to both teeth and restorations. Even though smoking’s role in shortening the life of a restoration is unclear, it certainly contributes to a significant amount of stain accumulation.
Sensitivity: Common following permanent cementation. It will usually decrease after two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please notify the office.