Smiling is the first impression others get of us. It can help us make friends, get a new job or promotion, earn the respect of coworkers, start a new romantic relationship, make us and those around us happier, and more. It’s no wonder people want to have a beautiful smile that they love to show off. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, Dr. David Lee in Sydney can help. Follow these tips from a cosmetic dentist to help you achieve the beautiful, welcoming smile that you’ve been dreaming of.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The first thing to do when enhancing your smile is to examine your oral hygiene habits. How often do you brush your teeth? Are you flossing or using mouthwash? Do you drink a lot of fruit juices or coffee? Do you eat a lot of sugar?
Your answers to these questions will help you determine what you need to do differently, if anything, to achieve a healthier smile. Your smile is the most beautiful when it’s healthy! Good oral hygiene means brushing your teeth twice per day. Once when you get up in the morning and once before bed. You’ll also need to floss your teeth once daily and use mouthwash. Doing these things ensures that you’re getting the bacteria and food particles off your teeth before they can turn into plaque and tartar.
Drinks like coffee and fruit juice can stain your teeth. If you drink many of these, consider cutting back, drinking through a straw, or brushing your teeth shortly after. These practices will help your teeth stay white. Sugar is another thing to watch out for. It erodes the enamel on your teeth and is one of the main culprits of tooth decay.
Visit Your Dentist Twice Per Year
Visiting your dentist twice per year (or more if recommended for your situation) is part of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. Your dentist can clean the plaque and tartar from your teeth to prevent tooth decay, as well as perform an oral cancer screening that you don’t want to skip.
If your dentist sees anything to be concerned about during your exam, they’ll bring it up and suggest either a change in oral care habits or treatment. The earlier you can catch oral health issues, the less likely they are to damage your smile.
Be sure to visit your dentist twice per year to prevent damage and keep your smile healthy and looking its best.
Treat Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of the things that your dentist would notice in your biannual exam. It’s a build-up to plaque and tartar that has begun to infiltrate your gums and bloodstream. This disease can cause your teeth to become discoloured and rot and give you bad breath. Nothing like going out on a first date with bad breath and decaying teeth!
The appearance of your teeth isn’t the only thing that will suffer from gum disease. There are other consequences, too. Once the bacteria from your gum disease enters your bloodstream, it can travel anywhere throughout your body. Diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, premature births, and low birth weights in babies are linked to gum disease.
Treating gum disease is in your best interest. Your entire body and your smile will thank you.
Replace Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth, be sure to get those replaced for a beautiful smile. Gaps in your teeth are noticeable because they’re like a black hole, and people are attracted to full, white smiles. Furthermore, missing teeth cause jawbone loss which can eventually make your face look squished and sunken.
There are many options to replace missing teeth. Your dentist in Sydney can help you determine which one is best for you.
Get a Smile Makeover
If you’ve started practicing good oral hygiene and are visiting your dentist biannually and are still unhappy with your smile, you might benefit from a cosmetic dentistry service or a smile makeover. A smile makeover is simply a combination of dental services that can enhance the appearance of your teeth and gums. Consider these cosmetic services by themselves or coupled to achieve a welcoming smile.
Whiten a Discoloured Smile
You might have stained your teeth from prior poor oral health habits. We can fix that. Choose professional teeth whitening to bring your enamel back to its former glory.
Each person naturally has a different enamel shade, so when we whiten, we can only whiten to its whitest shade. If this isn’t white enough, BioClear or porcelain veneers can help.
Straighten Crooked Teeth
Teeth that are crooked, gapped, crowded, or don’t fit together correctly aren’t helping your smile become more attractive. Choosing braces, clear aligners, or clear braces can straighten your teeth and allow them to function better too.
Straightening teeth isn’t just for kids and teens; adults can do it too. Discreetly!
Replace Old Metal Fillings
Do you have an old metal filling that you can see when you smile? Metal fillings used to be the top choice for dentists and patients, but now, we have tooth-coloured options that blend into your natural tooth—no more dark spots on your smile. No one will know you have a filling when choosing a white one. If a filling isn’t enough, you may need a dental crown. That, too, is tooth-coloured.
Reshape Lopsided Teeth
It’s not uncommon for patients to straighten their teeth and then notice they have a chip that needs fixing or misshapen teeth in general. For these instances, we have BioClear. It’s a composite, shapable material that bonds to your natural tooth. It’s tooth-coloured and can fix many issues, from damage to small teeth.
Fix Multiple Issues with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic option that can fix many issues at once. They’re water-thin sheets of ceramic that cover the front of your teeth. They can fix minor crookedness, gapping, discoloration, chips, and more extensive damage.
Many people consider this one service a full smile makeover because of its ability to fix many problems.
Achieve a Beautiful Welcoming Smile in Sydney
Do you want to enhance your smile? Follow these tips and call (02) 9686 7375 or make an appointment online today. Your new smile is waiting!