Your facial appearance plays a key role in how you interact with other people and how you feel about yourself. If you have dental imperfections blemishing your beautiful smile, you may feel self-conscious and less attractive. Fortunately, you can change how you feel about your smile using a smile makeover.
A smile makeover is a cosmetic treatment that uses various dental procedures to transform a patient’s smile. Your dentist can use simple, extensive, or multiple dental procedures to enhance your appearance, depending on your condition.
Since every patient’s needs vary, a smile makeover treatment is customized in terms of facial appearance, hair color, teeth size, color, and shape, gum tissue, lip, and skin tone.
Commonly, a complete smile makeover treatment can be used to solve numerous dental imperfections such as:
Crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth – Your dentist can use traditional braces, Invisalign, or dental veneers to straighten your smile and close unappealing gaps between teeth.
Chipped, decayed, fractured, worn out, or broken teeth – A damaged tooth can make chewing and brushing difficult. To solve this, repairing a damaged tooth with fillings, bonding, veneers, or a dental crown can transform your smile and restore your oral function.
Missing teeth – Jawbone deterioration, shifting of the adjacent teeth, facial sagging, poor bite function, and unattractive smile are some of the side effects of having missing teeth. To remedy these effects, you can replace your missing teeth with dental bridges, implants, or dentures.
Yellow, stained, or discolored teeth – With time, your teeth can get stained or discolored due to various reasons, such as consuming colored foods, dental trauma, or poor hygiene. Professional teeth whitening and restorative treatments such as veneers and crowns can brighten your smile.
Gummy smile – If you feel like your teeth are too short or have a gummy smile, your dentist can enhance your smile with gum re-contouring procedures such as crown lengthening.
Extensive jawbone damage – You can use oral maxillofacial surgery to restore your facial structure.
After a successful smile makeover, proper dental care and habits are essential to protect your investment and ensure long service. To care for your new smile:
Adapt good at-home oral hygiene habits
Poor dental hygiene is the key factor behind most dental problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. To maintain proper oral hygiene, brush at least twice daily. Flossing twice a day can also help eliminate food particles lodged between the teeth or restorations such as bridges.
Consume a healthy diet
For your dental and overall well-being, avoid refined foods and drinks such as soda, alcohol, and sugary foods. Eat foods rich in calcium and other essential nutrients. Also, hydrate well.
Get a Mouthguard
Do you clench or grind your teeth consciously or unconsciously? Wearing a mouthguard can assist in reducing the damage to your teeth and cosmetic work.
It will also reduce headaches, jaw pain, and other effects of bruxism. Wearing a mouth guard during contact sports will also help protect your teeth and dental restorations against impact accidents.
Regular dental cleanings and exams
Alongside good at-home dental hygiene, regular dental cleanings and exams are essential in maintaining good oral and overall health. During a professional cleaning, the dentist gets rid of stubborn stains and plaque or tartar buildup in the mouth, significantly reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease. Oral exams allow your dentist to monitor your oral health.
Avoid damaging habits
Like your natural teeth, restoration such as dental veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and implants can chip, fracture, get discolored, break or fall out. To prevent these, you should avoid damaging habits such as:
Chewing hard and sticky foods and things. Chewing hard foods such as nuts or objects such as nails can cause damage to your teeth and cosmetic work.
Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages. Consuming colored foods and drinks such as blueberries, wine, dark tea, coffee, soda, and food color can stain your teeth and restorations. To prevent this, avoid or reduce the intake of these foods and drinks. If possible, use a straw or brush your teeth immediately after using these products.
Avoid tobacco products – Smoking can lengthen your healing process after surgery and cause troublesome stains or teeth yellowing.
Avoid abrasive dental products. Harsh dental products can cause wear and scratches on teeth and cosmetic restorations.
Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks. Sugary foods encourage the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. Acidic products can weaken the tooth’s enamel, making the tooth vulnerable to cavities.
Are you ready for your new smile? Contact Newburyport Family Dental for smile makeover services and other dental treatments.