When you meet someone for the very first time, one of the initial things you may notice is that person’s smile. It is something that is always memorable. It plays a role in your ability to make a positive impression on a new peer, coworker, romantic interest, and more.
If you have issues with your teeth, you may not have a lot of confidence. If this sounds like you, don’t worry. You’re not alone.
Every year, millions of people struggle with dental issues that impact the look of their teeth. With the help of a dentist, there are steps you can take to improve the look of your smile.
Read on to learn about 9 options for fixing your oral health.
1) Teeth Whitening
One of the most common issues that people experience is a discoloration or yellowness of the teeth. This look can be unflattering. To fix this problem, you can whiten you teeth.
Whitening reverses this discoloration or yellowness. Many people also refer to this process as bleaching. One of the great things about this particular fix is that it can be fixed in many different ways.
You can get it done in the office by a dental professional. But, you can also do it from home using things like special trays, strips, and more. If you can arrange it, try to opt for a professional whitening session. Or, make sure you have a conversation with a professional about the safest home options that are likely to have the best results.
Another issue that people run into is a crookedness of the teeth. Braces are an incredibly effective solution for this issue. The most common type consist of brackets and metal wires that fill the mouth and move the teeth over time.
This solution is seen most often in adolescents. But an adult getting braces is not unheard of. If you are an adult and dislike the idea of wearing highly visible braces, you can get clear bands that make it less noticeable. There are other teeth straightening options as well to explore.
For those that want to straighten their teeth effectively but want to avoid traditional braces, Invisalign is a great alternative. This option rose in popularity in the early 2000’s.
Invisalign braces are a type of clear aligner placed over the teeth. Throughout the alignment process, you periodically switch them out for an updated pair. Each new pair is slightly closer to the overall desired straightening. Many people like this option because it can be easily concealed.
When you get a dental veneer, you are actually getting a layer of special material over your teeth. This top layer is meant to enhance the appearance of your teeth.
This is a popular choice for people that have dark staining that can’t be resolved through traditional whitening services. They are also useful if you have small fractures or chips in the front teeth. Veneers are custom made to fit your mouth. This ensures that you will have a comfortable fit ideal for long term wear.
5) Enamel Bonding
Enamel bonding, also known as dental bonding, is another common cosmetic procedure. This is frequently used for those who have chipped or stained teeth. During the process, a professional adheres a unique type of resin to the teeth to fix small blemishes and achieve a more consistent look.
In many ways, enamel bonding works like veneers do. One drawback when comparing the two options is that dental bonding tends to have a shorter life than a set of veneers.
6) Enamel Abrasion
Another type of service that you can receive is enamel abrasion. This is a useful option if you happen to have a lot of surface stains that you want removed. Unfortunately, this process can’t lift deeper stains. When you undergo enamel abrasion, a professional uses a micro-abrasion machine as well as a fine pumice.
7) Professional Cleaning
One of the best things that you can do for your teeth is making an appointment for a bi-annual cleaning.
When you get them cleaned at an office, a professional can provide you with a deep clean. This keeps your teeth and gums healthy and allows your dentist to see how well your teeth are looking. Although you don’t need a professional cleaning frequently, once of twice a year can make a difference.
8) Home Hygiene
All of the procedures listed above, even professional cleaning, are useless if you don’t also clean at home. Strong and consistent home habits for dental hygiene are a must. You are your number one defense against dental diseases and poor appearance. Always brush twice daily and remember to floss as well. If you need to wear a retainer, don’t forget this important step.
9) Additional Benefits
Cosmetic dental procedures offer a lot of immediate benefits that you will enjoy. You teeth will be whiter and straighter. But did you know there are other benefits that come with this? For example, realignment procedures may decrease chronic headaches. Other benefits include decreased pain in the mouth and decreased sensitivity.
Why Try One of These Options With Us?
We’re a family dentistry that focuses on the well-being of our patients, as well as fast treatment. We know not everybody is comfortable sitting in a dentist office. That’s why we do our best to make our guests comfortable, with any of our services. Contact us today to make an appointment and get your oral health back on track.
Most of these procedures are simple and fast. They will help you regain confidence in your smile and your entire body. The benefits are high, and the risk you take is extremely low.
If you still want to know more about these solutions, we encourage you to learn more. Contact our team today to make an appointment!