Stop Hiding Smile
When you share your smile with the world, you are increasing your self-confidence and your happiness. The dopamine and endorphins released when you smile help improve your overall health so it is not a vain desire to have a beautiful smile. If you have mastered the art of taking selfies while covering your teeth, there are a variety of treatments to help you start sharing your smile with the world.
How to Brighten Your Smile
If the color of your teeth is causing you to shy away from group photos, you can improve and prevent enamel staining. At home, taking time to brush and floss twice a day will help prevent stains from setting and bacteria from damaging your enamel. You can also talk to the dentist about your whitening options that will not damage or wear down your enamel. There are at home programs that can help, if you follow the instructions. And there are treatments the dentist can offer during your appointment to help change your teeth into the pearly whites you desire.
Dental Implants Can Replace Your Missing Teeth
When you have lost a tooth to an accident or gum disease, you are running the risk of damaging the surrounding teeth, your gums as well as your jaw bone. You may not be comfortable with the asymmetrical and sunken appearance of your face without all your teeth, but you do not have to continue to hide it. The dentist can offer a variety of treatment options based on where the missing tooth is in your mouth and your overall health. You may be a candidate for a dental implant and have your smile restored in no time.
If you jaw bone is healthy enough and your gums are able to heal from the surgery, a dental implant can offer you a natural looking replacement tooth that you can care for just like your other teeth. The dentist will place a titanium post in the gums with a small screw-like abutment on top. The abutment is where the prosthetic tooth attaches to the implant. The implant functions like a natural tooth root and allows the crown to have the strength of your other teeth.
In the case of dental treatments that specifically address tooth color, tooth position, tooth shape, tooth size and tooth alignment, cosmetic dentistry offers solutions that can completely transform your toothy grin. Not all dentists are trained and experienced in cosmetic treatments so it is important to talk about your expectations and the dentist’s skills to improve your smile and even functionality.
Certain cosmetic treatments or a combination of treatments can help address:
- Tooth decay
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Worn down or small teeth
- Gummy smile
- Uneven or asymmetrical smile
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded smile
- Missing teeth
- Gaps or spacing between teeth
Whether it’s veneers, orthodontic treatments or gum reshaping surgery, a new smile or improved smile is within your reach. If you take the time to care for your teeth at home between dental appointments, the dentist can help make the permanent changes at the office.