This two-part article series takes a look at the various cosmetic procedures available for people who feel that their smiles could do with some improvement.
How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Are your eyes automatically drawn to your teeth? Do you find yourself comparing their color to that of your yellow wood dressing table? More importantly, does your concern over the appearance of your teeth have you hiding your smile behind your lips and feeling terribly self-conscious in company?
Smiling is a fundamental tool for human communication, so if your teeth are preventing you from doing it with confidence, it’s time to learn about what can be done to improve your situation. You don’t necessarily need to get new teeth! Here’s what a Rutherford dental implants surgeon has to say about getting back a confident smile!
When Last Did You Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
“The very best way to keep your teeth looking beautiful is to keep them healthy,” explains the surgeon. “Nothing can really rival the strength and appearance of healthy teeth, not even dental implants, which are often regarded as the best solution to missing teeth. So, if you are unhappy with the quality of your smile – if your teeth are looking a little yellow and unattractive, the best thing you can do is book an appointment with your dentist and oral hygienist.”
“A thorough teeth cleaning can lift years off your smile by removing deposits of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that have accumulated on them. Since plaque - which is essentially legions of oral bacteria, dead cells and other debris - irritates the gums, the removal of it allows them to heal and become nice and pink again. Improving your own efforts at home prevents bacteria from destroying your teeth, thereby keeping them beautiful and pearly white. It’s the easiest way to avoid ever needing to get new teeth!”
Teeth Whitening Treatments
“If your teeth are essentially healthy, but still appear an unattractive yellow it’s most likely that they have become stained or discolored through repeated exposure to the tannins and dyes in the foods and beverages you consume. Coffee, tea, dark berries, sodas or anything with dark pigmentation can cause your teeth to become permanently stained,” explains the Rutherford dental implants surgeon.
“If this is the case, then a teeth whitening treatment is the quickest, simplest and cheapest way to get your teeth dazzlingly white again. Most dentists sell professional teeth whitening kits, which you can take home with you and do yourself. These kits typically require that you wear a mouth tray containing a special bleaching gel for an hour or two per day, every day for one or two weeks (or as prescribed by your dentist).”
The Important Thing To Remember Is
An unattractive smile doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to get new teeth. Sometimes, a little cosmetic improvement can make the world of difference! Your first and most beneficial step is to book an appointment with your dentist and find out what they recommend.
Stay Tuned for Part 2
Dental veneers and crowns can also be used to drastically improve the appearance of one’s smile, so stay tuned for the next installment of this two-part article series to find out how!