Few people are born with a perfect smile. Most people need orthodontics at some point. Others have a genetic predisposition toward yellow teeth. So, if you have a lacklustre smile, you go to the dentist to have him or her correct it.
Your dentist gives you access to many different procedures that can solve a variety of cosmetic problems. We have outlined a few of those problems and possible solutions below.
1. Yellowed or Otherwise Discoloured Teeth
Teeth have porous enamel that small substances can permeate. So, any number of factors could turn them yellow or even brown. For example, if you drink coffee, wine, soda, or any other dark liquids, your teeth could become stained over time. Or, if you smoke or chew tobacco, something similar could happen. Your teeth also yellow because of age, certain medications, and acidic foods.
If your smile no longer appears as white as you would like, you have two options depending on the stain’s extent.
Teeth whitening represents the simplest option. Your dentist may prescribe an in-home treatment that involves a gel and whiteningtrays. You simply wear the trays for 20 mins twice a day to bleach the colour out of your teeth. Your dentist may also prescribe a professional laser bleaching treatment, which works faster. However, even an in-chair treatment can’t solve the most severe stains.
Veneers are your next option. These porcelain slivers cover the front of your teeth and give you a new, brilliant smile. Veneers can hide stains that teeth whitening cannot quite eradicate.
2. Irregularly Sized Teeth
Ideally, everyone would have a uniform smile, and all people’s teeth would appear the same size. However, some people have irregularly-sized or -shaped teeth because of their genetics. Others have misshapen teeth because a cavity created holes in their enamel. If you find yourself in either situation, you have two solutions: veneers and tooth shaping.
As outlined above, veneers consist of slim, porcelain sheets that cover the front of your tooth. Your dentist adheres them to the tooth, and then your veneers function just like the rest of your teeth. And they look natural as well. You may have to replace them eventually though, as they may wear out. Your dentist can tell you more.
Tooth shaping, on the other hand, removes flaws instead of covering them. During this procedure, your dentist will remove small amounts of tooth enamel to make misshapen teeth look gorgeous. However, since your teeth will have less enamel, they may feel sensitive for a while. You will also have to care for them meticulously to guard against cavities.
3. Unevenly Spaced Teeth
If you have uniform teeth, you could still end up with gaps in your smile. Or, even after you receive orthodontic treatment, your teeth could shift later and leave a gap between them if retainers had not been worn regularly. Luckily, veneers can solve this problem as well. You can also ask your dentist about clear aligners to slowly ease your teeth back into alignment.
4. Missing Teeth
Age, trauma, gum disease and other factors can make you lose teeth. But you don’t have to live with those large gaps in your smile. Rather, use implants or bridges to fill them.
Implants give you the sturdiest option. They anchor directly into your jawbone via a titanium screw. That screw attaches to a mounting post, which then attaches to a false tooth. That tooth looks and functions just like your natural teeth. And with proper care, your implant can last many years.
Bridges involve a pontic, or false tooth, held between two crowns. The crowns cap the teeth on either side of the gap. The pontic adheres to the two crowns and rests on the gum between them. As a result, you have a complete smile. Many patients find this option preferable because it doesn’t involve recovery time.
5. Broken Teeth
If you have broken teeth, you need a crown. To install a crown, your dentist reshapes the tooth’s structure. Then he or she makes a mould of the broken tooth and the surrounding teeth. He or she sends that mould to his office or a lab to manufacture a crown. The crown then adheres to your tooth and blends in with the natural teeth around it.
If you have any of the above problems, call your dentist to schedule an appointment. You should not have to live with an imperfect smile. Thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to.
The time has come. You brush and floss your kids' teeth every day, but it's finally time for their first official dentist appointment. You know how important it is to attend regular dentist appointments. You want your kids to have good oral health for life and don't want them to develop a fear of the dentist or feel anxiety about dental visits.
To ensure your kids have a good experience on their foundational visit to the dentist, prepare them properly before the big day.
Schedule the First Visit Early
Most experts advise that children see a dentist sometime before their first birthday. The earlier you can get your kids in to the dentist, the better. If they start early, they'll be familiar with the process and know what to expect as they get older.
However, if you missed that first early visit, it's not too late to establish good oral health for your kids. Get them in to see a dentist as soon, and as young, as possible.
Go to a Family-Friendly Dentist
What kind of dentist you choose matters. Even if you love your own dentist, they may not be right for your kids.
Choose a dentist who regularly deals with children and families. Many dentists' offices have long experience dealing with children and will happily accept appointments for the whole family. Your kids will likely have a better time if their dentist knows how to appeal to children.
Remember it's not just the dentist who will deal with your kids. Everyone from the front-office staff to the oral hygienist will also interact with your children and contribute to their first dental experience. Choose an office that knows how to make a positive first impression.
Explain Why You Go to the Dentist
Before their first visit, explain to your kids why it's important to go to the dentist. Talk, in a kidfriendly way, about how the dentist uses special tools to make their teeth squeaky clean again.
Use metaphors or imagery that are easy for kids to understand. Decide, based on your children's personalities, whether to tell them how little cavity bugs hide in their teeth and the dentist needs to clean them off, or whether to just say you need the dentist to keep teeth healthy and strong.
Tell your children what you personally like about going to the dentist. Maybe you like when the dentist polishes your teeth or takes an X-ray. Relay your own experience to give your kids a positive impression of what to expect.
Show Your Kids Positive Media
Familiarize your children with the environment and equipment they'll see at the dentist's office. Show them pictures and videos of kids at the dentist and images of the tools the dentist uses to clean their teeth. Find episodes of kid-friendly TV shows that address dental visits, and watch them with your children.
Expose your children to a variety of positive media about dental visits. If they know what things look like and what to expect before they get to the office, they'll be less intimidated by the dental environment.
Give Your Kids Something to Look Forward To
Offer your children a treat or special event for after their dentist visit. Maybe they'll get to spend a day at the zoo, or just go out for ice cream after their appointment. Give them a positive event to look forward to so they approach their first visit to the dentist with happy anticipation.
With the right preparation, you can help your kids establish a positive relationship to dentists and oral hygiene. Promote a good attitude before their first dental visit and build a healthy foundation for the rest of their lives.