What Can You do to Get a Better Smile?
If you’ve been unhappy with your smile, whether due to yellowing, crooked or misaligned teeth, it’s time to take action. You may have tried all those whitening toothpastes to no avail or covered up your smile in photographs, but you don’t have to hide any longer. Take these steps, in partnership with your dentist, to get a brilliant smile you can finally be proud of.
Yellowed teeth can result from a variety of sources, such as coffee, tea, wine, and smoking. These things tend to leave a film of brown or yellow discoloration on your teeth, but that layer can be removed with professional teeth whitening. This safe, quick and affordable technique can be done in the office via a special bleaching agent that is poured into trays that fit your mouth uniquely. Wear the trays just a few hours per day to get those stains out of your enamel without damaging the tooth structure or existing dental work. You may have tried all the toothpastes and over-the-counter strips in the past, but these products simply aren’t strong enough to deliver on quality, long-lasting results.
Sometimes, the tooth discoloration is so severe, bleaching isn’t a suitable option. Instead, you may need crowns or veneers. Porcelain veneers are custom-crafted sheets of porcelain that are bonded onto the front surface of each tooth for a natural-looking result. Porcelain is naturally plaque-resistant, so you can ensure a bright, beautiful smile for years with no extra maintenance. Lumineers are another option, representing a specific brand of dental veneer manufactured by the DenMat company. These dental veneers are thinner than other types and are applied over the existing teeth for an identical match to real tooth enamel.
As an older adult, you may be starting to lose your natural teeth due to age or decay. This can be embarrassing, to be sure, but it can also be dangerous because bacteria can set in when the teeth are dead or missing. Restoring your former brilliant smile is as easy as getting full or partial dentures. These devices are fitted to your mouth for a custom fit that will feel just as natural as your old teeth.
Of course, a healthy smile begins with preventive dentistry. This includes regular cleanings at the dentist every six months, as well as dedicated brushing and flossing at least twice a day at home. Brushing removes plaque and prevents cavities, while flossing can keep gum disease at bay. Sealants are another way to keep bacteria and food particles from entering the craggy surfaces of the back teeth. Those tiny pits and depressions are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, which is why kids and teens can benefit from dental sealants. Approaching oral health care seriously can even prevent stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Total oral care is the key to stopping problems before they crop up, and keeping that smile you love to show off.
Contact Metroplex Implants & Family Dentistry, Dentist in Dallas, TX
We are happy to be your partner in ensuring a healthy oral care regimen. Contact us today at 972-441-7313 to schedule an appointment to preserve your smile. Based in Dallas, TX, we specialize in full-service dental offerings, from children’s dentistry and extractions to root canal therapy and cosmetic dentistry.