We take preventative measures to keep our skin, hair and body looking their best and lessen signs of aging. So why should our smiles be treated any differently? A smile that’s not in good shape can be a dead giveaway as to how old you are and how well you are—or aren’t—taking are of yourself. We should all be aware that it’s a good idea to visit a Dentist Endicott regularly to ensure our teeth are always healthy.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists:
More than a third of adults are unhappy with their smiles, and 48 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have untagged themselves in Facebook photos because of their smiles. Fortunately, there is a solution: a smile makeover.
What do you want your smile to say about you?
If your teeth are starting to look discolored, decayed and misaligned and your gums are experiencing the effects of aging, it may be time to consider a smile makeover. Determine what you want your smile to reflect about you as you choose the best option to restore a more youthful and functional smile. Taking a look at the finest titanium implants can improve your smile as well. Sometimes all you need is whitening, which can be done in the dental office or in your home, to fully enhance your smile. Sometimes you need a more dramatic fix. If a full smile transformation is what it would take, we can work with you to identify options.
Smiles change for three main reasons: discoloration, wear and shifting.
Discoloration: Years of consuming stain-causing foods and drinks can change the color of your teeth, causing them to look dull.
Wear: Normal wear and tear can cause your teeth to crack, chip and be forced out of alignment.
Shifting: Gum issues, genetics and even lost teeth (that are not replaced) can cause teeth to move out of their proper position.
Four characteristics of a healthy smile:
- Teeth are white, strong and free of chips or cracks.
- Upper teeth are more dominant than the lower teeth.
- There are no misalignments.
- The gums are pink and firm.
Whitening is easy with either in-office treatment or take-home custom- fitted whitening trays. Both options offer a professional bleaching system that is more effective than over-the-counter treatments. The process takes one to two hours, and requires no anesthesia.
Straightening teeth is easier than ever. More and more adults are choosing clear removable aligners to straighten crooked teeth. Clear aligners (known as Invisalign, ClearCorrect or Red White and Blue) fit snugly over teeth to guide them back into place. Choose a dentist who can laser scan your teeth instead of using old-fashioned impressioning techniques. With these scans, your dentist can fit aligners with laser-sharp accuracy. This takes less than an hour and requires no anesthesia.
Tooth Reshaping, also known as tooth re-contouring, addresses minor problems like slightly crooked or uneven teeth. Re-contouring softens teeth’s curves, making them appear more naturally rounded and youthful. Clients like this option because it is simple, can be completed within an hour and requires no anesthesia.
Gum Re-contouring is ideal for teeth that look short and square. Removing excess gum tissue and reshaping the remaining gum tissue places less emphasis on the gums and more attention on the teeth. A tissue laser is required to perform this procedure, and not all dentists have them. Gum re-contouring requires less than an hour and sometimes requires anesthetic.
Bonding is great when strong material is not required, and the flaw is small. Bonding usually only requires one visit.
Crowns are essential when teeth are severely worn, broken or you have large cavities or fillings. Crowns usually require two visits.
Veneers can hide flaws by concealing them. Veneers have revolutionized aesthetic dentistry, can camouflage everything from slightly crooked teeth to gaps, chips, discoloration and even poorly shaped teeth. Small and thin yet strong, veneers are responsible for many of the perfect smiles you see on celebrities. Veneers usually require two visits.
Complete Smile Makeover
A full smile makeover might be in order if your teeth are displaying signs of age, including tooth loss, discoloration, excessive gum tissue, and broken or misaligned teeth. A completely customized smile transformation may be the ultimate solution to create a gorgeous, incredible smile.