Improving your smile not only changes how others look at you and their impressions of you, but also alters how you feel about yourself. Smile makeovers have helped transform many people’s lives by simply using cosmetic dental treatments.
The first step is choosing a qualified cosmetic dentist who will see you through the entire process and give you the results you want. Ask friends and family for recommendations, and research the dentist before making your selection. Once you’ve made an appointment, you will have a thorough dental examination and be asked to provide a complete medical history. Some procedures should not be performed on patients with certain conditions like diabetes or heart disease, so it’s important to give the dentist all of your history.
A key step in the smile makeover process is telling the dentist what you would like to see changed about your smile. Maybe you would like to get rid of a gap, maybe your teeth have become yellowed over time, or maybe you hope to straighten your smile. All kinds of cosmetic dental treatments are available, and your dentist will be able to explain which ones might benefit you.
Most dentists take an impression of your teeth and bite so that imaging can be done to simulate changes that can be made for your smile. This also helps ensure that you understand the possible outcomes of any procedures and have realistic expectations for the end results.
If you will have teeth whitening treatment or have veneers made, your dentist will help you choose the ideal shade for your smile. Shade comparison methods or digital photography may be used to make sure your smile will look natural. Sometimes cosmetic dental procedures are very simple and painless, while others involve more extensive work or longer treatment time. Surgery is sometimes even required to achieve your smile makeover goals. Your dentist will help you through the entire process and help you decide what is best in your journey to a beautiful smile.
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Smiles are important because they are often the basis of many first impressions. Your smile can either provide a nice impression of good health and friendly demeanor, or it can turn others away with a negative impression. One undesirable trait is a smile that contains holes from missing teeth. As we get older, teeth age as well and some people experience tooth loss from poor hygiene, accidents, or just bad genes. Many people choose dental implants as a way to beautifully and confidently restore their smiles.
Dental implants are a modern technology that involves surgically placing a titanium post into your jawbone. As it heals, your jaw fuses with the post and it securely becomes one. At the top of the post, an artificial tooth or crown is placed on top to complete the restoration. The complete implants looks and functions like a natural tooth.
Prior to the advent of implants, people who lost teeth only had the option of dentures or bridges. Many patients don’t like the fact that those are not always permanent solutions, they can be hard to maintain properly, and underlying bones and gums are sometimes at risk. Dental implants get rid of all those disadvantages. They are a much more permanent way to restore teeth, many times providing a lifetime solution. Caring for your implants is similar to your normal hygiene routine, and they are not susceptible to decay.
Another great benefit of dental implants is that they have a success rate of 98 percent. They are made from quality materials and once they are properly placed, you can enjoy a completely restored smile for many years without concerns for chewing, eating, or speaking. Dental implants really are a great choice in replacing missing teeth, as long as you meet the requirements as a candidate for them. Your dentist can help you decide if implants are right for you.
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Whether or not it’s good for your teeth, chewing gum is a popular habit. The encouraging news is that the American Dental Association (ADA) has begun recognizing certain gums with the ADA Seal that some are scientifically proven to protect your teeth. Let’s learn exactly what gum might mean for your teeth.
Chewing increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, which helps to neutralize and rinse away damaging acids in your mouth. More saliva also means more calcium and phosphate are distributed in your mouth, which strengthen your tooth enamel. Studies show that 20 minutes of chewing sugarless gum after meals can help prevent tooth decay.
The only gums that have earned the ADA Seal are sugarless, and have proven with scientific evidence that they effectively reduce acids, promote remineralization of enamel, or reduce cavities or gingivitis. The gum also must be safe for oral tissues. A chewing gum package that displays the ADA Seal has undergone stringent requirements for proving that the information is true, so you can trust packaging claims for safety and effectiveness.
One other thing to consider is choosing sugarless gum sweetened with xylitol. It has been shown to help prevent tooth decay and cavities, because it stops bacteria from being able to stick to your teeth. Fewer bacteria that cause decay are able to survive on the surfaces of your teeth.
Don’t be confused about the role chewing gum can play in your dental health, because it doesn’t take the place of brushing and flossing. You still should brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and use dental floss every day too.
In addition, artificial sweeteners have linked to cancer in medical studies done around the world. Make sure to check the packaging ingredients before purchasing your gum.
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Once you’ve gone to the trouble and expense of getting dentures, you want to be sure to maintain them in the best condition possible so that they’ll last a long time. Proper care can keep your dentures as well as your mouth in ideal condition. These suggestions will help you learn the best ways to handle, clean, and store your dentures.
Dentures are delicate and can break easily. Always hold them over a towel or a sink filled with water to lessen the impact if you drop them.
To remove food and plaque, brush your dentures every day using a soft toothbrush. Make sure to gently brush every surface of the dentures. Never use household products to clean your dentures, other than mild dishwashing soap or liquid hand soap. Many toothpastes are too abrasive for dentures, but there are cleaners made specifically for dentures as well as ultrasonic cleaning devices. Ask your dentist for recommendations. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue and gums. If you don’t have an opportunity to brush, it’s a good idea to rinse your dentures after meals.
Dentures may warp if they become too dry or are placed in hot water. When not wearing them, store your dentures in room-temperature water or in denture solution that your dentist suggests. Make sure you don’t wrap your dentures in a paper towel because they may be discarded, and keep them away from pets and children.
Do not try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself if they are damaged or uncomfortable. Make an appointment with your dentist to have them properly repaired, or to find out if perhaps it’s time for a new set. Complete dentures usually last about five to seven years before a replacement is needed.
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