Our smiles are one of our most important features. A smile is what draws others to you and what many pay attention to when communicating. A smile can be contagious and can make others want to be around you more. What happens then, when your smile embarrasses you? You probably cover your face when smiling, or you stop yourself from smiling, even when something pleases you. Although many Americans see a smile as an important part of our self, many are unhappy with their smiles. In fact, according to an AACD survey, virtually all adults (99.7%) surveyed believe a healthy smile is socially important. There are a few ways that you can improve your smile, allowing you to show that beautiful smile when you find something pleasing.
A great smile begins with good dental health. If the teeth and the mouth are not in good shape, it will show. The teeth will be discolored and darkened. Poor dental health can also emit odors from the mouth, also preventing you from smiling as you wish. Regular dental cleanings are important and are the first step to getting the smile you want. Most Americans do not get dental cleanings as regularly as they should. A dental cleaning should happen once every 6 months. However, the average time that people wait for another dental appointment is 3 years. Fillings should be done for every cavity to prevent the cavity from spreading. An uncorrected cavity can lead to an odor in the mouth or discolored teeth.
In addition to regular cleanings with your dental professional, a dentist can also help with making dental corrections. Some people?s teeth are abnormally spaced or missing in places, which can also prevent you from having a comfortable smile. Dental replacements can replace teeth that are discolored or broken down. They are matched to the current teeth color and sizing to make them look more natural. They are a great way to get a fuller and healthier looking smile.
Even with regular cleanings, cavity fillings and dental replacements when needed, the smile may still be discolored and stained. Frequent use of coffees and juices can leave the color of the teeth dingy and stained. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that whitens the teeth. The teeth are cleaned and then bleached to look whiter. Teeth whitening should only be done after the teeth are regularly cleaned for a long period of time and any problems are corrected. Teeth whitening is a quick procedure that is non invasive and often produces great results.
Our smiles are an important part of who we are. Many adults agree that a smile is the most important feature on us, and plays a part in our social and professional lives. In fact, 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. However, many Americans are also unsatisfied with their smiles. A beautiful and healthy smile can be achieved with regular dental checkups and cleanings, dental corrections and cavity fillings and teeth whitening.
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