A smile reflects your inner feelings and personality, but you cannot achieve that healthy and perfect smile overnight. It takes multiple dental practices and treatments to enhance your teeth’s health, shape, and appearance. Here are the top six ways to deal with dental imperfections to improve your smile.
Losing a tooth from an injury, tooth decay, or periodontal disease, can make you feel embarrassed about your smile. You can still restore your smile and feel confident again with dental implants. They are replacement tooth roots fixed into your jaws to substitute the missing or damaged teeth.
The dental implants come with artificial teeth, similar to real ones in appearance and function. You have to undergo dental implant surgery to remove the decayed teeth and replace them with the implants at the exact location in the jawbone.
Various teeth whitening products exist today, ranging from gel pens to rinses, strips, and toothpaste to help you brighten discolored or yellowing teeth. Each whitening product has its benefits and a specific problem it solves. For instance, gel pens are perfect for fixing small areas such as a shifted tooth with more stains.
On the other hand, rinses and whitening toothpaste are ideal choices for tea and coffee drinkers. However, none of these whitening products are as effective as undergoing the whitening process with a dentist. While each tooth requires a specific call to action, a dentist can identify the ideal approach to make those whites pearly. The entire teeth bleaching process is often easy and painless.
If some of your teeth are cracked, chipped, or discolored, a cosmetic dental procedure such as teeth bonding can help you build your confidence to flash out that smile naturally. During a dental or tooth bonding procedure, a dentist takes a tooth-colored composite resin and applies it to the damaged teeth to repair them.
It only takes one office visit to complete the treatment procedure. Dental bonding is cost-effective compared to other cosmetic dental procedures like veneers and crowns. To maximize your dental bonding, minimize pen chewing or finger biting, and avoid chewing ice.
Routine dental cleaning also plays a vital role in enhancing your smile. Typically, dentists recommend going for a dental examination every six months. During your visits, the dentist thoroughly cleans and brushes your teeth while checking for any dental problems, gum diseases, and cavity issues. Dental cleaning keeps your teeth in check while enhancing your smile.
Improving your smile doesn’t end with the teeth alone. Gum reshaping also makes a difference. Whether you call it gum contouring, tissue sculpting, or gingival contouring, the technique behind it is all about fixing a gummy smile and evening out the gum line.
People have uneven gums for multiple reasons, including health issues, genetics, and certain medications. The entire gum reshaping process happens through surgery with your dentist.
Also known as dental laminates or porcelain veneers, the treatment option comes in handy for those seeking to fix misaligned, chipped, or irregularly shaped teeth. The treatment consists of thin custom-made shells that match your teeth. Dental veneers can be of porcelain or resin and cover the entire tooth.
While the choice between resin and porcelain veneers narrows down to personal preference, porcelain veneers tend to be more stain-resistant than their resin counterparts and make the teeth look more natural.
As you continue to work on your smile, you also get to fix your oral health and hygiene. You may not notice significant changes immediately, but with time, things will definitely fall in place. Just ensure you are working with a dentist with deep experience in cosmetic dentistry to ensure you get that dream smile.
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