04 Dec Give Yourself the Gift of a Brighter Smile
If you’re like a lot of people, the smile you see in the mirror doesn’t necessarily match the ones you see on television or in the movies. You can understand why those in the entertainment industry prioritize their looks, and particularly their smiles, but you may have wondered if you should dare put that extra effort into your own teeth. The answer is, “Of course you should!” While smiles are not just for the rich and famous. And you don’t need to star in a blockbuster movie in order to have a brighter smile.
Take Care of Your Teeth
One of the best ways to maintain a bright smile is to take care of your teeth. This means regularly brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings. It also means limiting foods that may stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and wine. Avoiding smoking will also reduce the possibility of yellowing teeth. Other “tricks” that have been suggested include rubbing petroleum jelly on your teeth before drinking wine and rinsing with apple cider vinegar on a weekly basis. There’s even a suggestion that wearing a slightly blue lipstick will offset yellow in your teeth in order to make them appear more white.
We of course want you to do what you can to practice good oral hygiene, not just to keep your teeth white, but to help maintain your overall health as well.
Even with the best dental care, sometimes things can go wrong with your teeth. A fall or an accident can lead to missing teeth that simply need to be replaced in order to give you that complete smile. That’s where dental implants come in.
Taking care of and keeping your natural teeth is always the priority of any good dentist, but if you have an older bridge or partial, have a cracked, broken or infected tooth, or if you’ve been wearing dentures and just want a more permanent option dental implants may be the option you are looking for. Dental implants look great, and if your gums are still healthy we at Dental Brothers can most likely incorporate implants to give you or a loved one the smile you deserve.
When your teeth are truly clean, they will naturally look whiter than when they are not. Regular brushing helps, but it does not do everything that professional dental cleaning can do. Dental hygienist go beyond what you can accomplish by yourself at home and remove the excess plaque and tartar from your teeth to give you an excellent base. After that you can decide what other types of treatments you may want to make your smile as bright as possible. Of course, this step isn’t just about looks. It’s about keeping away toxins that can cause bad breath and gum tenderness that can lead to gingivitis, tooth loss, and other problems.
Advanced Teeth Whitening
When most consider professional teeth whitening, they do something beyond a standard cleaning. Teeth whitening whitens teeth to either their natural color through restoration or actually bleaches teeth in order to make them a bit whiter than ever before. If you decide bleaching is the way to go, this can be done through bleaching strips, specialized toothpaste or gels, UV bleaching techniques, or with bleaching pens. The American Dental Association approved method uses carbamide peroxide, which uses the process of oxidation to penetrate the enamel and whiten teeth. When light is used, the process has another element that improves the efficiency of the process.
A good dentist provides you with the restoration you need to feel confident in your smile and helps you strengthen your own habits so you can continue to maintain that smile. If you have had problems with your teeth in the past, we may suggest things like Invisalign to straighten your teeth or even dentures of partials in order to give your smile the healthy look you are going for. Replacing amalgam (metal) fillings with a composite resin filling for cavities can also boost the attractiveness of your smile.
Many people believe that simply brushing and flossing and getting to the dentist once in a while is enough to make their smile good enough. But your smile is potentially one of your greatest assets, and it is best to make it the best it can be. An attractive smile can give you a boost anywhere from your social life to the job market — not to mention it just makes you feel that much better. To learn about all the ways we can help you with your smile contact us at Dental Brothers to schedule an appointment