Smiling can ease tension, convey warmth and happiness, and make you appear more attractive to others. However, if you have chipped or stained teeth, you may feel too embarrassed or insecure to smile in public. Many people turn to cosmetic dentistry to achieve the beautiful smile of their dreams – but did you know that cosmetic dentistry can benefit more than just your outward appearance? Keep reading to learn how partnering with a cosmetic dentist in Millburn can improve your smile and your health.
Fill in Gaps with Dental Implants
A gap in your smile can affect more than your appearance – it can also affect your oral health and quality of life. Here are 5 negative health impacts of missing teeth:
- Bite Irregularities
- Bone Loss
- Shifting Teeth
- Difficulty Eating
- Trouble Speaking
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone beneath the gums and fuses with the bone to provide a safe, sturdy base for a new artificial tooth. Dental implant treatment allows patients to can eat, speak and smile normally again.
Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers or Lumineers
According to researchers at Wayne State University, people who don’t smile often live an average of 79 years. In comparison, individuals with beautiful smiles live an average of 6 years longer, or more!
If you lack confidence in your smile because of stained, discolored or crooked teeth, porcelain veneers or Lumineers can help. Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the top of your teeth to correct their color, fill in gaps or hide stained, misshapen or cracked teeth.
Like porcelain veneers, Lumineers are thin sheaths of porcelain that cover the visible portion of your teeth. Unlike traditional veneers, however, Lumineers are 100% reversible since they do not require any tooth preparation.
Brighten Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening
The most effective teeth whitening products rely on a peroxide-based solution, which can help control the pH level of the mouth. Why does this matter? When the pH level of your mouth is too low from consuming acidic foods and drinks, bacteria can flourish and enamel begins to break down. Urea, an important byproduct of peroxide-based solutions, helps to prevent tooth decay by neutralizing the pH level of your mouth.
Two common teeth whitening treatments include:
- In-office teeth whitening – First, a bleaching solution containing a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. Then, a special light is used to activate and speed the whitening process.
- Take-home teeth whitening – Custom-made clear trays are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth. Just apply a special whitening gel to the trays and wear them at home for about 30 minutes a day for two weeks, or as directed by your dentist.
As you can see, cosmetic dentistry is about much more than just looks. Many cosmetic dental treatments can also benefit your oral health, giving you yet another reason to smile!
About the Practice
Dental Charm provides comprehensive dental care in a family atmosphere at their Millburn, New Jersey practice. Dr. Robert Shick and the “charming” staff take time to get to know each patient that walks through the door and understand their unique oral health needs and concerns. Patients seeking convenience, comfort and confidence in their dental care can contact Dental Charm via their website or by calling the office at 973-921-9097.