A good smile is as important a part of communication as any words you could choose. What’s more, feeling the need to “hide your smile” can affect your self-confidence and limit your range of expression in the long term. If you’re feeling confident about smiling, it’s time to take a stand. Here are some of the solutions that you might be missing.
Even having a missing tooth or two may not be as much of a permanent conundrum as you might think. You can’t regrow a lost adult tooth, of course. But you can make use of all manner of replacements. Dentures are one kind, but if you’re only missing one tooth, then you might want to talk to your dentist about dental implants, instead. So long as you have enough jawbone to support them, these can be used to entirely replace missing teeth.
In recent times, there are even convenient online options that offer custom-made dentures without visiting a dentist, making it easier for individuals to explore tooth replacement solutions. However, it’s still advisable to consider consulting with a dental professional to ensure that the chosen option aligns with your oral health needs and goals.
One of the most frequent problems people have is that their teeth simply aren’t as shiny and white as they would like them to be. This can be due to decay or due to eating foods that stain teeth. Either way, improving your oral health routine can help, but there are also whitening treatments, including those that can be performed at home and those that are provided in the dentist’s chair, to help brighten your teeth by several shades.
Improper care and cleaning of your teeth and tongue can lead to bad breath, but so can other factors. For instance, dehydration is a major cause, as is eating foods that promote the growth of smelly bacteria. Eating healthier foods can improve oral health in general, but also promote better breath. A little bit of freshening mouthwash and sugar-free gum can help you quickly improve your breath, too. We all get something of a stale mouth throughout the day, so freshening it regularly can help.
One of the issues that might seem much harder than the rest to fix is when your smile feels out of alignment or crooked. Indeed, many people tend to get alignment issues treated while they are younger, but that doesn’t mean that you have “missed the boat.” Even if you think braces are a little too visible, you can try clear aligners. Which alignment treatments will work best for you typically depends on the severity of misalignment, however.
Have you caused or noticed damage to your tooth, such as a crack, chip, or small hole? That can undoubtedly be pretty embarrassing to experience, but there’s plenty that can be done about it. In many cases, fillings may be enough to repair the damage and restore the integrity of the tooth. In cases of more damage, then veneers can be used to cover it up and crowns can be fitted to the root of the tooth in the most severe cases.
How much work it will take to help you smile confidently depends on the extent of any of the issues named above. However, there are always solutions, even if they’re not immediately obvious.