Newsletter: Smile Checklist, Do you like your smile?

Newsletter: Smile Checklist, Do you like your smile?

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-When you look in the mirror, do you like the way your teeth look?
-Do you dislike the color of any of your teeth?
-Are there spaces between you teeth?
-Do you have any chips or cracks in your teeth?
-Do you have any crooked teeth?
-Do you feel your teeth are too long or too short?
-Are you pleased with the shapes and position of your teeth?

If your answers indicate that you might want a change in your smile, the first step is to visit a dentist.  At that visit, you will want to ask the following questions:

*Tooth-Colored Fillings: 
Cavities can be filled with natural-looking composites such as resins, or porcelain inlays, onlays and crowns, matching the color of your teeth.
*Tooth Whitening:  Teeth become stained for many reasons: drinking coffee, tea, or wine; and even aging can discolor teeth.  There are many bleaching options ranging from in-office whitening, to at-home bleaching with custom trays, or various whitening kits.
*Orthodontics:  Orthodontics are used to treat a “bad bite”, to straighten teeth, and to correct jaw alignment.  There are traditional metal braces with brackets that can be made of metal, ceramic, plastic or a combination of these.  Some brackets are clear or tooth-colored.  Another treatment uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move your teeth over time.
*Crown Lengthening:  Sometimes the gums extend onto the front surfaces of the teeth.  This can cause a “gummy” smile or make teeth look small.  Removal of a small amount of gum tissue and possible a small amount of supporting bone around the teeth can make them look longer.
*Enamel Shaping:  Your teeth can be “reshaped” by contouring the outer layer of the tooth to improve how they look.
*Veneers:  Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells of ceramic or composite resin, that are bonded, or cemented to the front of your teeth and look like natural teeth.  They are used to fill spaces between teeth, to cover teeth that are stained, poorly shaped, or a bit crooked.

It is important to have realistic expectations about your new smile.  Complex cases may take more time and several steps.  You and the dentist should be in agreement on the expected results.

Some procedures take only one visit, others a few visits. The dentist can tell you what to expect.

It is important to discuss cost prior to treatment. Most offices accept credit cards or can direct you to an outside health care financing company like Care Credit. If you have dental insurance, the business manager will assist you in using your dental benefits plan effectively. Ask your benefits provider whether cosmetic treatments are covered expenses.

A radiant smile can boost confidence and self-esteem.  According to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset.  What are you waiting for?  Talk to a dentist today about how to make your smile the best it can be!

Robin JungblutNewsletter: Smile Checklist, Do you like your smile?