A warm smile is the greatest gift you can give to anyone. In fact, research conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) has found that your smile can be your most appealing feature regardless of your age.
- The AACD research shows that a beautiful smile can make you more attractive, appear more intelligent and wealthy and look more successful.
- A large majority (96%) of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.
- A beautiful, white smile makes you more attractive and appear more intelligent, interesting, and wealthy to others.
Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success. A healthy smile exudes success because people who smile are seen as confidant. Many of us would love nothing more than to greet everyone we meet with a delightfully genuine smile but hesitate to show our teeth because they are imperfect.
Here are a few tips on how you can greet 2015 with a confident smile.
Improve your physical and oral health by keeping teeth strong, white and healthy the natural way by eating superfoods. When planning meals, incorporate nourishing superfoods such as green tea, berries and kale. To learn more about how superfoods can help improve your smile, read our article 10 Little Known Superfoods Shockingly Good for Your Smile.
Making smoothies is a quick, delicious way to consume superfoods that are packed with antioxidants, fiber and calcium. Watch the video of George Dental Group founder, Dr. Kellee N. Kattleman Stanton making a Kaleberry Smoothie from the AACD Recipes for Healthy Smiles e-booklet.
Porcelain veneers conceal teeth imperfections without surgery or extensive dental treatments. Thin, almost sheer layers of enamel-like material that the dentist bonds to natural teeth, porcelain veneers give less-than-perfect teeth the ultimate makeover by eliminating small gaps between teeth, altering the size of the teeth and concealing discolored teeth that do not respond to whitening treatments.
Porcelain veneer procedures involve the removal of less than one-half millimeter of enamel from the teeth that are receiving veneers. This is accomplished using a special dental file and is necessary to improve the bonding process. After teeth are reshaped, we will make impressions of these teeth and send the mold to a laboratory where technicians will customize veneers to fit the patient’s teeth impressions. Resistant to food and beverage stains, porcelain veneers add a fresh, pearly luster to previously damaged teeth that lasts for ten years or more.
Visibly missing teeth are not only embarrassing but can also impair the ability to chew properly, speak clearly and maintain good oral health. Unlike dentures, dental implants actually become part of the jawbone and adjacent architecture supporting your real teeth. In addition, people opting for dental implants instead of dentures will not experience the chronic gum irritation often experienced by long-time denture wearers, not to mention the aggravating looseness of ill-fitting dentures.
In addition to dramatically improving a person’s smile, dental implants also inhibit bone loss that may occur as a result of losing mass. Moreover, missing molars, premolars and canine teeth may accelerate muscle sagging and cause the face to appear sunken and droopy. With dental implants filling gaps in the teeth, patients can effectively reverse facial muscle weakness as well as prevent destructive oral bacteria from accumulating in these gaps.
To restore the appearance of stained, cracked or chipped teeth without undergoing extensive dental treatments, you can have problem teeth bonded quickly and easily. Bonding can also be used as an alternative to silver fillings for cavities that affect front or side teeth, since bonding color and texture is nearly indistinguishable from enamel. Bonding reshapes asymmetrical teeth or lengthens teeth that are too short due to simple wear and tear, bruxism or genetics. In addition, patients opting for bonding normally do not need preparatory treatments or anesthetic unless the procedure involves filling a cavity.
Although dental enamel feels and looks hard, it is actually comprised of microscopic grooves that make it slightly porous. Consequently, enamel is easily stained due to smoking, drinking wine and coffee or eating fruits like blueberries or blackberries. When stains cannot be removed by brushing or using an oral rinse, we suggest patients opt for a professional whitening procedure that safely eliminates discolorations. Painless and convenient, whitening dental enamel can lighten patients teeth up to eight times whiter than their previously untreated enamel. In addition, keeping teeth free from stains also makes it easier for dentists to detect cavities or decay in their earliest stages.
What are you waiting for? Be known as the “person with the fabulous smile” in 2015 by scheduling your appointment today! Contact George Dental Group at 651-287-3729.