Smile Makeovers and Regained Confidence
Smile and the world smiles with you; unless it makes you feel uneasy. Your teeth may be stained, crooked, gapped, decaying or just missing.
You may feel self conscious about laughing or smiling in front of other people. It may even be difficult for you to enjoy some of your favorite foods. If you have suffered with your dental dilemma for many years, you may subconsciously alter your smile to hide the problem areas from others.
There are certainly, numerous negative side effects from an unattractive or unhealthy smile. Fortunately, modern dentistry and some select cosmetic dentists have a vast array of medical and cosmetic solutions to help you smile a little easier.
Common Dental Problems and Corrective Procedures:
- Discolored & Stained Teeth
- Cavities & Chipped Teeth
- Crooked & Gapped Teeth
- Decaying & Missing Teeth
Discolored & Stained Teeth
Would you like a cup of coffee or tea? How about a glass of dark soda pop or red wine? Repetitive consumption of certain beverages and foods over the course of your lifetime and your white teeth can appear yellow. Attention smokers; routine smoking stains tooth enamel and affects the health of your gums. If you prefer white to yellow or brown teeth; your options abound.
Toothpaste with teeth whitening agents, gels and light applicators are readily available to consumers and can improve tooth coloring by 1 to 3 shades. If you want to see more significant shade improvement, seek counsel and treatment from your dentist. Dental office procedures produce the fastest results and are the safest form of tooth bleaching. Gum and tooth sensitivity are more easily controlled through the use of thicker peroxide gels, potassium nitrate and fluoride desensitizers.
If your teeth are naturally discolored, your best alternatives may be bonding resins and tooth veneers. These products can be colored to match surrounding teeth and can correct a variety of dental disorders.
Cavities & Chipped Teeth
Many of us have personally experienced a tooth cavity and its corrective dental procedure. Cavities develop over time due to a build–up of oral bacteria that form a film on the tooth surface. The tooth film becomes plaque. Plaque converts sugars into acid that destroys tooth enamel and creates cavities. To protect a tooth from further damage and decay, dentists remove the plaque and prepare the cavity for filling.
If you have had several cavities filled, you may have a mouth full of metal as dentists have historically used silver and gold as filling material. One drawback to metal fillings is that they are strikingly visible against white enamel. Though rare, gold fillings can cause an electric current known as a Galvanic Shock. Silver (amalgam) filling contains mercury, which presents its own health risk.
Fortunately, more aesthetically pleasing composite, ceramic and acrylic filling materials are available today. These materials more closely match your teeth but they are no more permanent than metal fillings and can be more expensive. Synthetic resins are used as bonding material to repair chipped teeth. Ceramic is used in tooth crown production since it is less prone to chipping. Crowns are necessary for teeth that have extensive damage due to decay or breakage.
The life of any fillings, crowns and chip repairs is dependent on their size, usage and how well you care for them. There is no perfect substitute for your own teeth so brush and floss daily and maintain regular yearly appointments with your dentist.
Crooked & Gapped Teeth
Even with the greatest personal dental care you may find that your adult teeth are just a little out of place. It has been stated that a beautiful or handsome face is symmetrical; the eyes, nose ears and teeth are mirror images to the left and right sides of your face. Occasionally, you will find individuals that truly embrace a well-defined gap between their top incisors. For the rest of us there is help.
Likely, we have all known someone that has had to wear braces to straighten their teeth. You may have needed braces as a child or as an adult. The traditional braces are still readily available through Orthodontists and Dentists that practice orthodontics in your area. Braces now come in an array of fun colors or clear if preferred. The latest in teeth straightening uses a series of acrylic trays that gradually align your teeth. The trays can be worn during times that do not affect daily activities such as work or meals.
If your smile is relatively straight with minor gapping or misaligned teeth, bonding could be used to fill in the gaps, level, or align your teeth. If you have a mouth full of damaged or discolored teeth, porcelain veneers may be your best option. The existing tooth is ground down and the veneer becomes the new front exterior shell. Veneers are also useful in cosmetic restorations for patients with enamel damage from long-term bulimia or methamphetamine usage.
Decaying & Missing Teeth
If your teeth are decayed beyond repair from lack of proper dental care or from long-term exposure to afore mentioned eating disorders, drug additions, or accidental damage, you still have options. Depending on the location and number of teeth lost, missing teeth can be replaced using dental bridges, dental implants, and partial dentures.
If your decay is advanced with gum “periodontal” disease and decay beyond repair, dental implants will be a permanent solution and the most aesthetically pleasing. Full or partial dentures are a less expensive option with multiple missing teeth and dentures have also made recent improvements in comfort and appearance.
If we fail or neglect our oral cleaning routines or dental check-ups, we could put our healthy smile at risk. Your oral health does affect your overall health, do not ignore tooth pain, maintain your teeth and follow your dentist recommended visitation schedule. We often do not appreciate what we have until it is gone. Take care or your smile, have cavities filled, chips repaired, and teeth cleaned. Feel good about yourself and your smile. Smiling is contagious and uplifting; smiling can improve your immune system, reduce blood pressure and convey feelings of happiness. Remember, the world always looks brighter from behind a smile.