A healthy mouth adds value to our years, enhances our relationships, and bolsters our confidence. Keep an eye out for anything that detracts from your smile and compromises optimal dental health. Having crooked teeth or feeling less than confident about your smile can put a damper on things when you’d otherwise be grinning. It’s hard to break into an unselfconscious smile when you’re worried people will stare at your teeth. Finding your best-looking smile and giving it some practice can really help. The following article offers the signs that your smile needs help.
7 Signs Your Smile Needs Help
1. Short, Thin Front Teeth
The solution for small teeth can be as simple as adding a non-invasive porcelain veneers to increase the size of the tooth. Small teeth with spaces can also have the no prep veneer treatment to fill in the spaces with teeth veneers as long as the sizes of other teeth stay in balance.
2. Dull, Yellow Teeth
Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists also found that nearly 90% of patients requested tooth whitening.
3. Dark Shadows Between Teeth
If you notice dark shadows between your front teeth, it’s time for a professional to take a look. Dark shadows often suggest a growing cavity, and they don’t usually hurt until they reach the deepest part of the tooth. Cavities develop as acid attacks enamel and break it down. Tooth-colored restorative products can repair your teeth, enhance their beauty, and preserve their function.
4. Red, Swollen Gums
Healthy gums look pink with a light orange-peel texture, and they don’t bleed. When harmful bacteria aren’t properly cleaned away, they provoke an inflammatory reaction from the immune system. The swelling and bleeding could indicate that you’re starting to lose the bone around your teeth.
Possible conditions could be:
- Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
- Nutritional Deficiencies (Malnutrition)
- Tooth Cavities
5. Crooked Or Spaced Teeth
A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put on a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a dental crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
You may need a dental crown if you:
- Have a cavity that is too large for a filling
- Have a missing tooth and need a bridge
- Need to cover a dental implant
- Have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
- Have had root canal treatment—the dental crown will protect the restored tooth
- Want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
6. One Gray Tooth
Many occasions we have patients who come to us with a single grey tooth. All of the adjacent teeth have a lighter color but this one sticks out, quite literally, like a sore thumb! Successful treatment requires an accurate diagnosis. As mentioned above, nearly all cases of a single grey tooth are due to the death of the nerve of the tooth.
Once this is confirmed, treatment requires two steps:
- Root Canal : In a root canal procedure, the dead nerve tissue is removed and a filling is placed deep inside the root. But this does not correct the color.
- Veneers or All Ceramic Crowns : This places a layer of durable ceramic over the tooth, masking the dark color and giving the tooth a life-like appearance.
7. Bad Breath
Your dental health needs to be a priority for you to feel good and look great. Most issues are preventable with good oral hygiene, so you want to take the time to care for your mouth. Other times, issues can be resolved quickly with simple treatments, so don’t be afraid to seek help from your Perio dentist. Do everything you can now to protect your smile.
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When it comes to efficiency of your time and proficiency of cosmetic dentistry techniques, Anacapa Dental Art Institute is the right choice for your teeth. Contact us to schedule your private consultation today and find out why we consider our dentists as the best cosmetic dentists in the area.