Your smile is often the first thing someone notices about you when you greet them. Having a crooked smile with discolored or chipped teeth can hamper your confidence to a great extent. With the constant evolution of tools and techniques in dentistry, it is now possible to give your smile a complete makeover. Not only can these procedures enhance the appearance of your smile, but they can also help you in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Read on to find out ways to improve and maintain that radiant smile.

Ways to improve your smile

The field of cosmetic dentistry has witnessed a drastic growth in the past few years with many tools and techniques being invented to design the perfect smile. It is now possible to correct any flaw that could possibly affect your smile like gaps between the teeth, misshapen or discolored teeth.

 

Some common cosmetic procedures include:

 

  • Teeth whitening

 

This involves whitening or bleaching the teeth to restore their original colors or lighten with the aid of certain chemicals like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. This can either be done at home with over-the-counter whitening tools or by a professional.

 

  • Composite build up

 

Composite resin can be used to re-shape misshapen or misaligned teeth and restore the optimum contours to enhance one’s smile. These tooth colored resins blend flawlessly with the natural teeth and are indistinguishable. They are best used to fill in gaps between the teeth or to build up teeth with any anomalies in their shape or size.

 

  • Dental veneers

 

These are thin shells of ceramic that are cemented onto the teeth to give them the best possible contour and shade. They can be used in a variety of situations that warrant a smile makeover like gaps in between the teeth, discolored teeth, crooked or fractured teeth etc. They are also quite durable.

 

  • Straightening teeth with braces or aligners

 

Another method of improving the smile includes realigning the teeth with conventional braces or aligners. The teeth are moved orthodontically with certain low pressure forces over a period of time to obtain the correct alignment. Aligners are relatively new orthodontic appliances that are used to correct misshapen smiles. They are transparent and virtually indiscernible. They can also be removed at the time of eating or brushing, which makes them quite comfortable to use.

 

 

  • Dental implants

 

Dental implants are used to replace any missing teeth. These are root-like replacements that are anchored into the bone and provide support for the crown structure that acts as a substitute for the missing tooth. They are usually made up of metals like titanium or ceramics.

How to maintain a healthy smile?

To maintain a radiant and healthy smile, it is imperative to take good care of your teeth and gums. This begins with following good oral hygiene practices. Here are some things you can do maintain your smile:

 

  • Brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day.

  • Floss regularly to remove any food debris stuck in between the teeth

  • Avoid smoking and tobacco consumption

  • Limit beverages like tea, coffee or red wine as they may stain the teeth

  • Make timely appointments with your dentist