By Debra S. Lowe, D.M.D.
Is Your Smile Just Not What It Used to Be? …Or maybe you just weren’t born with the smile you would like.
Does the appearance of your teeth stop you from smiling? Do they make you look older than you feel? Do you have old fillings, crowns, or veneers that don’t look natural? Do you wish you had a nicer smile for a job interview, promotion, a photo, or wedding? Do you wish you looked more successful, happier, or healthier?
A less attractive smile can cause self-consciousness, low self-esteem and less confidence. It can adversely affect interactions with others by affecting their perceptions of you.
On the other hand, a beautiful smile influences first impressions, creates lasting impressions, and it makes you feel great about yourself.
Your smile is part of your self-expression. If you are stifled by your smile, it can affect relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and customers. A poor smile can limit your career. However, your smile can be contagious and can “win friends and influence people” as Dale Carnegie once said.
Spring is a time for renewal. Dentistry can renew your smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Smile with confidence, look and feel better. You no longer have to feel your smile is dull or yellow. Turn it into an asset instead.
Regular preventative cleanings improve smiles by removing plaque, tartar, and stains. For those with gingivitis, gum disease, swollen, red, bleeding gums, the smile will improve with a more advanced cleaning.
Bonding and tooth colored fillings repair chips, cover unsightly areas of gum recession and root exposure, remove the stain of decay and the “shine through” of silver fillings. From the front, you may not see a back tooth with a silver filling, but others see the discoloration from the side.
Porcelain veneers, thin facings that conservatively cover your teeth, can change the color, shape, size, and alignment of your teeth. They can repair small chips, wear, and gaps, while strengthening the teeth.
Porcelain crowns (caps) repair more extensively damaged and broken teeth, or those with old, large stained composite, or silver fillings. They change size, shape, color, length, and alignment, as well as protect teeth from further damage. Crowns rebuild a worn dentition and support facial muscles, reducing creases in the corners of your mouth, which make you look older.
Orthodontics straightens teeth in a conservative way to improve the smile. An alternative to traditional braces for minor tooth movement, clear aligner therapy, can fix your crooked, crowded smile, discreetly.
A gummy smile can be reshaped or raised. Grafting treats receding gums. And of course, healthy gums can enhance a smile and be achieved with regular cleanings and good practices of brushing and flossing.
Dental implants replace both front and back missing teeth. A replica of a tooth is attached above the gumline to the “man-made root” that is implanted in the jaw bone. They are functional, esthetic, and strengthen your bone.
So this spring, if you have concerns about your smile and wish it were better looking, renew it. Achieve the smile of your dreams. Remember, the smile is universal. It is one of your greatest social and business tools.
- Do you avoid smiling in person or photos?
- Are you conscious about spaces between your teeth, chips, stains, or crowding?
- Do you cover your mouth when speaking or laughing?
- Do you have worn, little teeth?
- Is it gummy?
- Do you wish your smile looked like someone else’s?
If you answer yes to any of these, consider a smile renewal.
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