Every person has a mental picture of their dream smile, but what that dream smile looks like varies. Different things matter to different people. Some may dream of having a bright white smile with perfectly straight teeth. Others may simply want to avoid tooth pain or toothache or to be able to bite and chew efficiently.
Whatever your smile goals, there are plenty of steps you can take – both at home and at your dentist – to maintain or improve the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth. In this article, we’ll explore just a few of those steps.
Good oral health and appearance starts with prevention
We are not always born with perfect teeth, but by taking preventative measures we can help to maintain the appearance of our teeth as they are. We all actually undertake preventative measures every day without even thinking about it – brushing our teeth twice a day in the morning and at night!
Yet preventative dental health goes further than that. It includes those steps we may sometimes fail to follow through on – such as flossing and choosing the correct toothbrush and a dentist-approved toothpaste. It also includes wearing a mouthguard when we’re playing contact sports and wearing a nightguard if we are grinding our teeth at night.
These measures can help to prevent tooth decay, discoloured teeth, chipped or damaged teeth, and other cosmetic and functional issues.
Preventative care in the dental clinic
Prevention also happens in the clinic at your regular oral exam or six monthly check up and clean. During this appointment, your dentist will conduct a check of your oral health to detect any issues early and, where possible, prevent them from becoming more serious. The prime example is tooth decay. Get in early, and it can often be fixed with something as simple as a filling. Leave it much longer and it may infect the tooth’s dental pulp, resulting in the need for a root canal procedure.
During your check up and clean, your dentist will also perform a clean of your teeth, removing built-up plaque. By doing this, they help prevent the development of tooth decay, which can be unsightly and painful. Even plaque, in itself, can change the colour of the teeth as it builds up. It is a pleasant feeling leaving the dentist with clean teeth and it often makes you aware of how much plaque was on your teeth before that you were unaware of.
Improving the appearance of your teeth with a cosmetic dentist
The truth of the matter is that prevention will only do so much. Often, a trip to the dentist to undertake cosmetic dental procedures can be the essential step in getting your smile to the point you are hoping for. Cosmetic dental treatments that are offered by your local dentist include but aren’t limited to:
- Are your teeth as white as you’d like them to be? Teeth whitening at your dentist can help to restore the whiteness to teeth that have been gradually stained by food and beverages such as coffee and wine, and smoking. This is a non-invasive and straightforward treatment that you can even do at home after we have provided the custom-made trays and the appropriate gel.
- Dental veneers. When we think of the appearance of teeth, we are usually thinking about the teeth at the front of the mouth that are on show when we smile. Veneers are a simple and straightforward dental treatment consisting of a thin porcelain or composite surface that is attached to the front of teeth that are uneven, mishappen or crooked, or which have gaps or are worn down or discoloured.
- Clear aligners such as Invisalign. Did you decide not to get braces as a child? Or have your teeth shifted slightly out of place over time? Invisalign is an easy and straightforward tool that can help to straighten teeth, without the need for you to wear braces. It is popular among adults to correct minor crowding issues, bite irregularities, and spacing. People enjoy the fact the aligners can be removed when the situation demands and that you can still clean your teeth properly.
Restoring function and eliminating pain
We always want our clients to feel good and for them to be able to perform all the normal actions, like biting, chewing and swallowing. If your oral health is causing your discomfort, if you have lost a tooth, or if you have another functional problem that is having an adverse effect on your life, rest assured that your experienced dentist can help.
For example, if you have missing teeth, there is often no reason why you have to simply accept the fact and get on with it. Many people are eligible for dental implants, which replace the missing tooth and restore a life-like replacement in its place, allowing you to chew and eat like before. Dental implants are not an overnight solution but are a great way to restore function in the long-term.
Another example of a restorative procedures that can help you achieve your dream smile are dental crowns. If you have a damaged tooth that is making it hard to eat, looks imperfect, and causes you pain, a crown may be appropriate. It’s a cap that is placed over your tooth and bonded there, and once it’s set, it looks the same as your natural crown.
Taking control of your smile
When trying to achieve your dream smile, the best thing you can do is find an affordable dentist that cares about the experience of its clients and wants you to leave feeling content with the service. If you have questions, Haberfield dental practice could help you clarify them.