We live during a time where there is more pressure to conform to a certain ‘standard’ of attractiveness than ever before. However, it is not only our shape that we may feel needs to be addressed in order to achieve this desirable appearance, but also many other aspects of the way that we look – including our teeth and smile. Being unhappy with one of our features, however small, can have a catastrophic effect on our emotional wellbeing. It is easy to become fixated on this one aspect of our body, particularly if, as is the case with our teeth, it is very difficult to hide. Loss of confidence and self-esteem, low mood, anxiety and depression have all been shown to affect a person who feels embarrassed by their smile.
If you have a tooth that is so severely decayed that it is beyond what a regular cavity filling can repair or has been so severely damaged that it needs to be held together, our dentist will probably recommend that you have a dental crown. This is a tooth-shaped ‘hat’ that sits over the top of the affected tooth, covering it entirely so that it is protected inside the artificial structure. The crown looks, feels and acts just like a regular tooth and so your smile and the function of your teeth will be fully restored.
If in-office teeth whitening is beyond your budget, there is a fantastic alternative. An increasing number of dentists are now offering take-home teeth whitening trays and gels. These offer patients all of the benefits of professional-grade bleaching agents and tools, but since you undertake the application yourself at home, these come at less cost.
We all want to keep our natural teeth as long as possible. However, studies show that tooth loss is virtually inevitable as we age. By 50 years old, the average American has already lost 12 teeth, and more are almost certainly on their way out. Diets high in sugar, poor brushing techniques, bruxism and other problems can all attribute to tooth loss.
The innovations in preventive dentistry have been phenomenal over the past several years. From the detection of early oral cancer symptoms to the introduction of the dental implant, the improvement factor in both patient comfort and professional diagnostic advancement cannot be disputed. Although the strides in technology have been great, good oral health relies on…