How to Improve Your Smile

A bright, white smile is one of the most noticeable features of a person. However, when your smile is less than sparkling, you may often feel the need to hide it. When it comes to the appearance of our teeth, we all have room for improvement. If you feel that your smile could use a helping hand, read on to learn about the many ways to improve your smile.

Practice optimal dental hygiene

This means using a toothpaste that protects the enamel, flossing daily and even rinsing your mouth with water after meals. Sugar and certain foods that stick around in your mouth can deteriorate your enamel over time. Ultimately, plaque can stem from this grimy buildup and leave your teeth looking yellow and feeling dull. A toothpaste with whitening features will not only break down areas of plaque buildup but will also bleach teeth two or more shades with regular brushing.

If your teeth hurt when eating cold or hot foods, try reaching for a whitening toothpaste that has sensitivity relief. Your teeth will feel less susceptible to pain without losing the whitening factor.

Daily flossing is highly recommended by any dentist. Food particles can get wedged between teeth and cause a yellow film to form in the crevice. This unsightly stain can be prevented by flossing twice daily to clear away any residue in those hard to reach areas of the bite.

Whitening

Teeth can turn yellow for many different reasons. Stains from food and drink, habits like smoking and worn enamel from aging can all discolor your teeth. Thankfully, there is a wide array of options when it comes to whitening. When teeth are yellow, it is often due to superficial staining. At home treatments like whitening strips and gels can brighten your smile when this is the case.

However, if you are looking for more instant results, consider making an appointment with your dentist. Discoloration due to enamel wear happens when the yellow layer of tissue below the surface called dentin shows through. If this is the case, an in-office whitening treatment is best, since uncomfortable side effects like tooth sensitivity and gum pain can happen with unsupervised over-the-counter treatments.

Keep in mind that whitening does not work on faux teeth, including veneers and crowns. Consult your dentist before whitening if you have these dental prostheses.

Crowns, veneers and implants

Teeth that are severely darkened, damaged or even missing can benefit from one of these three artificial dental devices. For missing teeth where the root is no longer viable, implants are an option. Implants are surgical components inserted directly into the jawbone and topped with a crown to fill a space.

Caps shaped like teeth, called crowns, are fitted directly over a tooth. A crown may be right for you if your tooth is damaged, weak, misshapen or extremely discolored. There are a few different kinds of crowns, but common materials include porcelain, stainless steel and resin.

Veneers are another popular option when teeth are misshapen or fractured. They are formed by porcelain or resin and placed directly over the affected tooth. Veneers are usually used on the front teeth to improve the appearance of the smile, as they are designed to closely resemble natural teeth.

Request an appointment here: https://www.drviviani.com or call John R. Viviani, DDS, PC at (631) 424-3838 for an appointment in our Huntington office.

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