Most people want a great smile. A smile conveys warmth and confidence and can often create an instant bond of positive energy between people.
If you avoid smiling because of unattractive teeth, there are many things you and your dentist can do to improve the situation.
Keep them clean. It may go without saying, but good oral hygiene can improve the appearance of your teeth by removing stains and decreasing puffy or inflamed gums. Brushing and flossing is paramount to good hygiene, so don’t be shy about asking your dentist or dental hygienist about preferred methods and techniques.
Professionally clean them, too. Good oral hygiene is a great start, but it isn’t enough. Your teeth need to be professionally cleaned at least twice a year for improved appearance and optimal dental health.
Get them fixed. Broken and decayed teeth are unattractive and unhealthy. Repairing broken teeth with white or porcelain fillings and crowns can quickly improve your smile.
Get them whiter. If you’re on a budget, there are several ways to get whiter teeth at home. Whitening toothpastes, commercially available products like Crest White Strips and other over-the-counter products can be safe and effective. I recommend seeing your dentist for a complete exam and professional cleaning before using any whitening product.
Your dentist can get them even whiter. In some cases, over-the-counter whitening products can’t get the job done. Dentist-supervised whitening programs that often include laser whitening and the use of custom-made, take-home trays can routinely whiten teeth a dozen shades or more.
Fill in the gaps. Missing teeth can ruin any smile. The closer the lost teeth are to the front of the mouth, the more noticeable they are. Your dentist can replace those missing teeth with a fixed bridge, implants or a removable denture.
Close the spaces. Teeth with gaps between them are often considered unsightly. An orthodontist can use braces or Invisalign to narrow the space.
Get cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dental techniques such as porcelain veneers and dental bonding can quickly transform your smile. They can also be a good alternative for closing gaps without the need for braces.
Shape them, too. A simple, inexpensive way to improve the look of your teeth is to have your dentist shape them. Uneven teeth can be leveled and sharp teeth can be rounded in an attractive way.
Get a dentist who can help you. Not all dentists have an interest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are looking for a smile makeover, do your research and find a dentist who has a good reputation and experience in cosmetic dentistry.
Source: The Intelligencer