10 Ways To Improve Your Smile

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It can brighten up someone’s day. It can change someone’s mood. It can help you obtain favor with people. A good smile can take you a long way. It carries happiness and joy. It communicates that you are confident in yourself and believe in what you are saying. Your best smile is important for your own self-esteem, your relationships, and your career or business endeavors. In fact, a smile is universal! Everyone understands a smile, even someone who doesn’t speak your language. Your smile is one of your biggest assets and it’s in your best interest to take care of it. Here are 10 ways to improve your smile.

Eat Healthy Foods

Did you know apples, carrots, and celery act as natural stain removers? They increase saliva production which is your own personal cleansing agent for the mouth. There are other foods that can help clean your mouth and whiten your teeth as well such as strawberries, seeds, and nuts.

Teeth Whitening

A quick look down the dental aisle will turn up several different over the counter whitening solutions. There are also in-office procedures your Dentist can do as well. Teeth whitening is a wonderful and safe way to brighten your smile. Talk with your Dentist about the best options for you.

Braces

In certain cases, braces may be necessary to straighten up crooked or crowded teeth. Although, metal brackets are conventional, they are not your only option. Thanks to technological advances in treatments, you can also opt for removable aligners, “invisible braces,’ or clear plastic brackets.

Dental Bridges

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things clearly and effectively. A great way to fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth is a dental bridge.

Veneers

Now that our office offers Lumineers, you can have the smile you have always wanted with less time and far more comfort than ever imagined. The Lumineers are digitally designed to be as thin as a contact lens, while still being strong enough to handle every day wear and tear. As a result, they can be seamlessly applied over your current teeth for the perfect, natural-looking smile you have always dreamed of having. Lumineers are the #1 patient preferred veneer system in the world.

Bonding

Need to fix your smile? Consider bonding. Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored tooth. Bonding is done in a single visit, unlike veneers, dentures, and bridges which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a proper fit. Bonding is a very easy and inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure, which is mostly used to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth.

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing is your first defense when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day to keep your teeth clean and your mouth fresh.

Read the Label

Not all toothpaste is created equal. That’s why you should always take a minute to read the labels before buying a tube at the market. You’ll find a lot of the ingredients work to protect the whiteness and sparkle of your teeth, but what are all those other ingredients for? Do you need them?  Triclosan, Dyes, Saccharin, and Sodium lauryl sulfate are ingredients you can do without!

Seeing Your Dentist Twice a Year

There are reasons why you should see your dentist at least twice a year. Plaque removal is a great reason for starters. This residue is hard to see, but it packs an ugly punch. Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth over time. If not addressed properly, plaque can lead to tartar – a hardened form of plaque that eats away at tooth enamel, causes tooth decay and eventually leads to gum disease, and bone loss around your gums. Regular visits to the dentist can help you better manage plaque and tartar buildup to prevent these problems before they even start.

Exercise

If you can believe it there are exercises to help improve the muscles in your face. Did you know it takes 43 muscles to smile? Well, these muscles around your smile can be sculpted to improve the look of your smile in countless ways. For example, the Cheek Lifter is an exercise that lifts sagging cheeks and helps develop the upper lip.

If you’re interested in improving your smile, we can help! Gary C. Demetriou, D.M.D. uses the latest in dental technology to be able to enhance your smile using a wide variety of techniques, depending on what is necessary to each patient. Call our office at 978-794-0010 and set up your appointment today.

The Pros and Cons of Veneers. Should You Get Them?

The Pros and Cons of Veneers: Should You Get Them?

You’ve likely heard a lot about veneers and what they can do for your smile. The only way you will know if veneers are a good option for you is to talk with your dentist. There are many pros and cons to veneers, so explore each one carefully before coming to a decision.

About Veneers

First, a bit about veneers. These are a form of cosmetic dentistry because they are designed to boost your oral health and improve your smile. You may be envious of people with bright white, perfect smiles. However, not everyone is born with teeth like that. Sometimes they need a little help, and that’s where veneers come in.

Veneers are comprised of thin pieces of porcelain, resin or other composite material, molded to fit over your teeth to enhance the overall symmetric appearance. Your dentist may recommend veneers to:

  • Remedy tooth discoloration from root canals, fillings, food or beverages
  • Repair chipped teeth
  • Improve appearance of irregularly-shaped teeth
  • Fill in gaps
  • Hide injury to the teeth

Veneers are pretty long lasting, giving you about 15 years of service before needing to be replaced. There are many types of veneers:

  • Porcelain
  • Composite
  • Instant
  • Removable

Pros

The #1 reason people get veneers is to regain confidence in their smile. You may feel embarrassed about your teeth because they have been harmed in some way through injury, birth, or disease. Another check in the pro column is the ability for customization. That’s because veneers are molded to your own teeth so they won’t look unnatural. You can even choose from the exact shade you want so it matches your existing ones.

Unlike other solutions, no additional drilling or shaping is required and little to no maintenance is needed on an ongoing basis — just stay on top of brushing and flossing as normal.

Cons

As with anything, there are a couple of drawbacks to using veneers. Unlike the rest of your natural teeth, veneers don’t change color over time. Your existing ones will get yellow due to the foods and beverages you consume, so the contrast could be noticeable. However, you can always undergo teeth whitening to restore balance. One big way to avoid getting yellow teeth is to avoid food and drink that can stain your teeth, such as wine, berries, coffee, and tea.

Also, veneers are extremely delicate, so if you’re not careful about what you’re eating, they can chip or crack. Avoid chewing on ice, grinding your teeth and biting your nails. And lastly, decay can occur underneath veneers, so keep up with your normal routine of brushing and flossing diligently. Have you had gum disease or weakened enamel? Veneers may not be right for you.

Now that we’ve gone through the pros and cons, you can make a more informed decision about whether to get veneers. But no decision is complete without consulting with your dentist first. Dr. Gary Demetriou, DMD, can give you an oral exam and then discuss your best options with you.

The Pros and Cons of Veneers

If you have been thinking about getting veneers, ask your trusted dentist about them and do your own research. Armed with information, you’ll know, especially after a conversation with your dentist, whether or not veneers are a good option for your situation. Veneers fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry, which is designed to improve your smile and oral health. You may see celebrities on TV or people about town who smile and flash perfect teeth. They’re not all born that way. Sometimes they have help, and many times, it’s through the use of veneers.

There are many positives and negatives to veneers, so let’s explore them.

Veneers: What Are They?

Made up of thin pieces of porcelain, resin or other composite material, veneers are actually molded to fit your teeth. They boost the whiteness and overall symmetric appearance of your teeth in size, color or shape. People choose veneers for many reasons:

  • To restore white color due to tooth discoloration from root canals, fillings, food or beverages
  • To repair chipped or broken teeth
  • To improve the appearance of irregularly-shaped teeth
  • To fill gaps
  • To mask injury done to the teeth

Did you know they can last up to about 15 years before replacement is required? You can choose from a variety of veneer types, including:

  • Porcelain
  • Composite
  • Instant
  • Removable

Pros

Veneers are desirable for one main reason: to restore confidence in a person’s smile. Whether from injury, birth, or disease, your teeth may have suffered damage over the years. You may want to see a perfect smile when you look in the mirror. For that, veneers are an excellent fix. Because they can be molded to your teeth, customization is another big selling point. It’s tough to even tell the difference between your tooth and the veneer!

Other perks? No additional drilling or shaping is needed, and you don’t need to engage in extra maintenance. Just keep brushing and flossing like you normally would. You can also select the shade of white you want, which can be as close to your natural color as possible so the result isn’t as noticeable.

Cons

While the pros outweigh the cons in many respects, there are a few drawbacks to them that your dentist would like you to know. Because veneers don’t change color like natural teeth do, you may see a contrast over time as your natural teeth start to yellow and the veneers stay stark white. Nothing a little teeth whitening won’t cure! Plus, this change shouldn’t be quite so dramatic if you’re continuing to brush and floss like normal.

Because veneers are delicate, they can chip or crack if you’re not careful when eating. You can’t chew ice, grind your teeth, bite your nails, or engage in any other bad habits that would compromise your veneers. And remember, just because you have veneers doesn’t mean decay can’t still happen underneath. If you have experienced gum disease or weakened enamel before, think twice about getting veneers.

Again, though, it’s always important to have a conversation and a visit with your dentist to go over all your options.