One of the most asked questions by patients in our dental clinic is how to get a perfect smile by taking care of natural teeth.
Having a naturally beautiful smile is entirely possible taking into consideration two main aspects, daily oral hygiene and addressing the problems that may be affecting the smile.
Keeping good hygiene is essential to oral health since it can prevent most of the complications that lead to tooth decay and gum disease, and receiving dental care can fix issues like discolored teeth, and more so you can have the best smile.
Let’s dive into some of the most common issues that affect the beauty of the smile and the cosmetic dentistry treatments that can solve them, as well as the habits that preserve the good health of the mouth.
Keeping good dental hygiene
The first step to a nice smile is to create a good dental hygiene routine. This must include daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
Leaving bacteria and germs to grow in your mouth is unhealthy and affects your dental health, causing cavities and affecting the gum tissue. That is why you should be cleaning your teeth at least twice a day.
To avoid that damage it is recommended to brush your teeth slowly with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will help you to clean your teeth really well and avoid damaging the enamel and gums.
Remember that in order to have healthy gums you have to brush them too, including the tongue, palate, and cheeks. This will scrub away food debris, plaque, and tartar, which will also prevent bad breath.
After brushing your teeth, using dental floss to clean between your teeth will get rid of food debris and tartar in places that are hard to reach with the toothbrush. You can also use an interdental brush, it is easy to use and perfect for patients with braces.
After flossing, rinsing your mouth with mouthwash will clean everything and keep it neat. Do not rinse with water or you will undo most of the work you did previously. Wait at least a couple of minutes before doing that.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments to recover your smile
Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that specializes in restoring the beauty of the smile, it involves many different types of dental care and techniques, including implant dentistry and orthodontics.
These are some of the treatments and dental work you can get to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Regular checkups with your dentist
Visiting the dentist often is highly recommended to take care of your teeth. During regular checkups, your doctor can make an early diagnosis of issues that could affect your teeth, gums, and jaw.
If the issue is addressed on time, it can be solved with less complication and the procedure more comfortable and less expensive.
Getting a professional cleaning at least once a year is great to prevent tooth decay and have a naturally white smile.
Orthodontics treatments to fix crooked teeth
Braces are often the best solution for patients with crowded teeth, and even bite issues. Depending on the case of each person, the orthodontist will recommend a specific treatment that could last from one to three years and that will result in a perfect smile.
There are different types of braces that can be used, like metal braces, which are strong and great for kids and teenagers, or invisible braces, which are the best for patients that prefer a more aesthetic option.
Generally, after a braces treatment, the patient will need to use a retainer for some time so the teeth don’t come back to their previous positions.
Dental veneers and implant dentistry
Some of the most common problems that affect the beauty of the smile are missing, and chipped teeth; luckily your dentist can solve these issues with different treatments, such as dental veneers, implants, crowns, or, in some cases, dentures.
Dental implants are the ultimate solution for missing teeth and they can permanently restore the smile. As an implant can’t be removed, it provides more comfort than dentures.
Dental veneers are used to restore the aesthetics and functionality of a broken or chipped tooth. They can also be used to treat gaps. One of the best things about dental veneers is that they look very natural and the tooth’s enamel doesn’t need to be compromised.
When veneers are not the best option to protect a weak tooth, dentists can use a dental crown to restore the piece.
Stained and yellow teeth take away the brightening of the smile, but professional teeth whitening is a solution. Your dentist will use a gel that when it’s activated with a special light can whiten the teeth and bring back their natural beauty.
After your first visit, you will notice a major improvement so you will be happy and smiling with confidence again.
Special treatments to improve the beauty of the smile
A low gum line is another common problem that affects the smile, making the teeth look smaller.
A specialist can solve this issue by removing some of the gum tissue with laser surgery. This will make the teeth look bigger and the patient will have a more aesthetic grin.
Good habits protect your natural teeth and your investment in dental work
Cleaning your teeth daily and getting dental work done to fix all problems that could be affecting your mouth are the main keys to having a beautiful smile, but not addressing some bad habits can ruin all your effort and investment.
Teeth are made from bones, they are hard but not indestructible. Remember that they can chip or break if you are not careful, so abstain to use them for other purposes other than eating.
Our main advice is to avoid chewing hard things like ice, hard candy, or bones, and also, try to not open things with your teeth.
Patients that have gone through cosmetic dentistry treatments such as veneers or implants need to be even more careful to avoid breaking the porcelain.
Smoking causes terrible damage to smiles, it stains the teeth and could cause severe problems like tooth loss and oral cancer.
Your doctor will recommend you quit tobacco to preserve the health and appearance of your smile. Other drinks and foods can also stain your teeth permanently, like coffee, black and green tea, sodas, red wine, beets, etc. In this case, the main recommendation is to brush your teeth right after eating these foods.