A picture-perfect smile doesn’t have to be something that diminishes as we age. In fact, thanks to advancements in dental technology you can have the perfect smile at any age. If you’re feeling unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and want to enhance your look to feel more confident and attractive, follow these tips for a smile you can be proud of.
Teeth whitening will brighten your smile
If you are looking for an almost instant way to change the look of your smile, teeth whitening may be the best option for you. Stained and discolored teeth can make you feel self-conscious, especially in social situations where you are eating, talking, or getting your photo taken in front of others. If you opt for an in-office teeth whitening treatment, you can whiten your teeth several shades in under two hours. If you prefer the at-home gel or strips option, that could take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks to reach full peak whiteness. Teeth whitening, in whatever form, will need occasional touching up to keep your smile looking as bright as possible. Remember that teeth whitening only works on natural teeth, not on porcelain or bonding materials.
Implants help revive a youthful look
Dental implants are often the best option for permanent replacement of missing teeth. Once complete, implants look and feel strikingly similar to your natural teeth and enhance not only your smile but give you the ability to speak and chew comfortably and with confidence. As we age, we may lose teeth for a variety of reasons including:
- Teeth Grinding,
- Mouth Trauma
- Gum disease
Whether you are replacing one tooth or all your teeth, the process of tooth implantation involves implanting titanium fixtures into the jaw bone. After a healing period, dental impressions are taken and sent to the lab where a solution to your dental problem is fabricated. Then, your dentist will ensure the proper fit and deliver it to you Once inserted into the mouth it is permanent and remains there for years to come functioning just as a natural tooth would.
Bonding restores natural beauty
When you have broken, chipped, cracked or discolored teeth you have several options to restore your smile. One of them is Composite tooth bonding. Composite bonding is a great option for those who are looking for a fast conservative fix to your problem. Composite typically lasts between 5 to 10 years and takes roughly 30 to 60 minutes a tooth. Keep in mind, before bonding you may want to consider teeth whitening. The bonding used will match the color of your teeth and will not change once it’s in place.
Veneers are transformative
Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic dentistry option for transforming crooked, stained, damaged, cracked, worn, or gapped teeth into a brand new straight white smile. Veneers are thin tooth-colored porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement, which looks and feels more natural over a much longer life span.
Consultations create the roadmap for your future
Everyone’s overall oral health is unique. In order to form the best plan to make your smile last the ages, consult your dentist. Remember that maintaining optimal oral health is key to strong and long-lasting teeth. There are many factors that play into your beautiful smile, aside from the cosmetic look of it. Stick to the basics and make sure to brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly to keep your teeth in tip-top condition.
To learn more about our top tips for an ageless smile, contact Lipkowitz Dental Associates today. We would love to help you plan out the perfect options for your own dental needs that last for years to come.