Options for Improving the Health and Appearance of Your Smile

20 March 2019
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


When you have a broken, missing, or stained tooth that makes up part of your smile, it can affect your personal appearance and your self-confidence. This can have an effect on your entire lifestyle, including the friends you make, the jobs you apply for and secure, and as a result, the type of lifestyle you can afford. Fortunately, there are professional and at-home treatments you can use to help boost the appearance of your smile and improve your oral condition and health. Here are some options you can consider.

Dental Veneer Treatments

The effects of missing teeth include a variety of problems, such as difficulty and the inability to eat foods, shifting and misaligned teeth, facial bone loss, and a sunken appearance. Along with these problems related to missing teeth, any of your existing teeth can become chipped, broken, and stained. When any or all of these issues are plaguing you, there are oral treatments that your dentist can recommend to quickly restore your teeth and smile to improved health and overall appearance.

First, you can have your dentist replace any of your missing teeth with dental implants. Then, you can have your existing teeth covered in a porcelain veneer, which will hide any broken or stained teeth. Veneer treatments can also correct any of your teeth that are irregularly shaped to give you a perfect smile. Your dentist will prepare your teeth for temporary veneers, match their color to the appropriate veneer color, and order the appropriate veneers for your teeth. And before you leave your first visit, your dentist will fit temporary veneers on your teeth.

When your permanent veneers are ready, your dentist will remove the temporary ones and place the permanent veneers over your teeth. Take care to not break or crack your veneers, because they are quite thin—anywhere from one-half to approximately one-third of a millimeter in thickness. But no matter if you get one or ten of your teeth corrected with a veneer treatment, make sure you floss around them as you would your normal teeth, because your gums are still susceptible to inflammation and gingivitis.

Whitening Treatments

If your teeth are still intact and not cracked or chipped, they might simply need a good whitening to remove any discoloration and staining. Whitening your teeth is a great way to immediately brighten your smile and improve your appearance. And as an added benefit, some whitening treatments can also improve your overall oral health.

Natural Treatments

There are several at-home remedies you can use with natural products to whiten your teeth. For example, you can brush activated charcoal onto your teeth to whiten them. Wet your toothbrush with water and dip it into activated charcoal, then brush this paste on your teeth and let it sit for a couple of minutes. When you are finished, rinse it from your mouth.

The charcoal is highly absorbent and will remove toxins and stains from your teeth. And it also changes the pH and health of your mouth to prevent cavities and kill bacteria that causes gingivitis. But be careful the activated charcoal does not come into contact with any surfaces or fabrics, as it can stain them.

Professional Treatments

If you are not ready to try any DIY at-home whitening treatments, you can ask your dentist for a professional treatment. There are whitening treatments your dentist can provide to you during your dental visit, as well as a regular treatment they can recommend for you to use at home. It is helpful to get a teeth whitening treatment recommended by your dentist so you can avoid the effects of any harmful chemicals or over-sensitization of your teeth from a bad whitening treatment.