Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and now it’s easier than ever to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
Regular trips to the dentist alongside a good daily oral hygiene routine will ensure your teeth stay healthy. However, certain lifestyle choices such as smoking or drinking coffee, bad habits like opening things with your teeth, and even your age can begin to leave your teeth looking less than their best.
It’s Not All About Vanity
Cosmetic dentistry treatments encompass every aspect of improving the appearance of your teeth, but it’s not all about vanity. Research carried out by Oral-B in 2009 found that having bad teeth can age us by up to 13 years! Public opinion associated with bad teeth is pretty staggering, with the research revealing that many people believed those with bad teeth would be less successful in their careers, be less educated and less wealthy than those with good teeth.
Roughly 14 million people in the UK think they have bad teeth. Of these, 70% said having bad teeth had impacted negatively on their lives, with women being particularly more susceptible to the negative impacts than men. Low self-esteem, less confidence in public, feelings of depression and not wanting to leave the house have all been cited as detrimental effects of having bad teeth.
Many of us actively try to hide our teeth when we smile or avoid smiling altogether because we are so embarrassed by our teeth. Here at the Fresh Dental Smile Clinic we specialise in smile makeovers and we truly believe that everybody deserves to have a beautiful smile they can be proud of. No matter what the issue, cosmetic dentistry treatments can help transform your smile and roll back the years, leaving you with the confidence to wear your smile with pride.
Roll Back The Years
Unfortunately, like every other aspect of our bodies and health, our teeth are subject to the effects of aging. As we get older our gums will naturally recede a little revealing some of the soft root tissue at the base of the tooth. Teeth will also naturally begin to appear more yellow, this is due to the gradual thinning of the outer layer of enamel, exposing the more yellow dentin underneath.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Yes, ageing of the teeth is inevitable, but premature ageing due to the appearance or condition of your teeth is completely avoidable.
Avoid Stains And Premature Yellowing
Tobacco, coffee, tea and red wine, all are guilty of staining your teeth. Consuming any of these on a regular basis will inevitably lead to the discolouration of your teeth. Most of the time though, stains are solely a cosmetic issue so regular brushing and trips to the dentist for cleaning should help to keep them in check. For those with more serious staining there are a number of cosmetic teeth whitening treatments available that can help brighten your smile and knock years off your appearance.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, but keeping your gums healthy is really pretty simple. Regular brushing and flossing to remove bacteria and using an antibacterial mouthwash will help to prevent gum problems. Having the correct technique when brushing your teeth is also essential as overzealous brushing can begin to wear away the gum line leading to premature receding of the gums. If you experience any of the early signs of gum disease, like spitting blood when you brush your teeth, book an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. They will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment to prevent it progressing any further. For those with advanced cases of gum recession gum grafting procedures can help to restore the gums and greatly improve the aesthetics of your smile.
For more information about cosmetic dentistry and the treatments available here at the Smile Clinic, or to book your Free smile makeover consultation, please contact us in York on 01904 623687. Alternatively you can fill in the online enquiry form.