5 Tips for a Healthier Smile

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American society is all about smiling. If you don’t believe that, then try going a day without smiling at all and see how your friends, colleagues, and family respond. I assure you, they will have something to say. Most likely they’ll express concern and ask you what’s wrong. You’ll also notice that new people you meet are immediately less comfortable with and friendly towards you. Keep in mind, if you do this, that they aren’t the ones acting odd, you are. That’s because smiling is an integral part of our social lives. Ask your dentist about the importance of smiling at your next Tulsa teeth cleaning.

That being the case, it makes sense to make the most of our smiles. There are articles galore with advice on how to express your smile to best effect, but here we will be dealing with how to get the core components of your smile—your teeth—into optimal condition. Below are five tools that, with the aid of a dentist, you can use to maximize your smile.

Whitening: This is a process by which stains are removed from your teeth to highlight the natural color of your enamel. Teeth whitening has become a common practice, both at home and within dental offices. Pharmacies and grocery stores now carry many over the counter products for at-home use, but it is still best to go in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning to let the dentist employ their expertise. Not only are a dentists’ whitening services more effective, but they are also less likely to harm your teeth.

Veneers: These are very thin pieces of material that are bonded directly onto your tooth. They can be used to change the shape, color, or even the size of your teeth. These are specifically designed to improve the cosmetics of your teeth and to protect individual teeth from wear. Ask your dentist at your next Tulsa teeth cleaning if veneers are right for you.

Crowns: The visible, white part of your teeth are known as crowns. Dental crowns are an artificial cover for your teeth that covers and protects the natural crown. These can come in a shiny white material, silver, or gold. Dentists use these when the natural crown is significantly damaged.

Dental implants: There are many options for bolstering up a damaged tooth, but what do you do when the tooth is gone complete? The answer is dental implants. These are artificial teeth designed to replace the whole tooth. They are designed to provide cosmetic value—keeping your smile full and natural looking—while also providing great practical value by serving the spacing and chewing functions of your natural teeth.

Bonding: This process uses a resinous material to apply structural repairs and improvements to the surface of a tooth. The dentist applies the material and then ‘activates’ it with a special light. This light causes the material to harden and bond with your tooth. It is often used to fill cavities, cracks, and chips. It is also used for similar purposes as a veneer, by changing the shape or size of a tooth.

If you’re interested in using cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile, make sure you consult your dentist first and get their expert advice on what is best for you and your teeth. Not mentioned above, but more important than all for maintaining a great smile is that you need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and go in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning twice a year. What are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment today!