We can all make a list of everything we are proud of. As a dentist, one of the things that make me happy is if a patient is proud of their smile.
For some, it may be a healthy, clean and cavity free smile. For others it may be a sparkling, white and dazzling smile. Either way, your smile is integral to your health and happiness. The way we talk or eat, and the way we feel about ourselves are all affected by the state of our smile.
As a dentist, I look at a person’s smile from 4 major areas:
- The health of the gums and bone – this is the foundation that holds the teeth in place. You may have the most beautiful teeth but if the foundation is poor, the teeth will fall out.
- Cavity free and infection free teeth
- The bite and position of the teeth – many times, the way we bite can cause a great deal of damage and fractures of the teeth
- Cosmetics and the beauty of our smile
For most of us, the cosmetics of a smile is the first thing we think of. But don’t forget to keep them healthy too. This would mean brushing twice a day, flossing daily and regular checkups with your dentist. Believe it or not, but as we age, gum disease is the number 1 cause of tooth loss, and not tooth decay.
How many of you have heard me tell you about the chips or fracture lines or wear on your teeth? This is often from grinding and clenching and is made especially worse by the poor positioning of the teeth. This can be fixed with braces or Invisalign. If this is not an option, then at least protect them with a night guard.
Lastly, the million dollar question is “how do I get that million dollar smile?”. Well, if everything else we discussed above is in great shape, you might want to whiten them, or place veneers. There are so many new advances in this field that the options are endless.
Just remember, there is a smile behind those chipped, stained, crooked teeth, that is waiting to get out. Let us know how we can help you unlock a smile you can be proud of. Contact Premiere Smile Center in Fort Lauderdale today for a consultation on how to achieve that million dollar smile!