Every year the Oral Health Foundation (UK) and the Oral Health of America hold a National Smile month designed to share information on the importance of oral health. This year is no different—the month-long campaign will be held between 18 May and 18 June 2020. The primary reason for the NSM campaign remains the same; oral health is essential, and it affects your overall health too.
The dental campaign is to encourage people to show off their smiles. Unfortunately, some people don’t have the luxury of smiling, if that’s you, don’t fret. Here are four cosmetic ways you can get your smile back ahead of the campaign.
1. Brighten Your Teeth with Professional Teeth Whitening
We have off-white teeth shade, not sparkling white, despite what the media tells you. To get teeth bright white, you need to have them whitened by a dentist. Furthermore, because of your diet and lifestyles, the teeth can also discolor and darken. The teeth whitening procedure helps to regain your natural teeth shade back.
There are two options of teeth whitening, professional and at-home whitening kits. We recommend the in-office whitening procedure. Gum and tooth sensitivity are common side effects of teeth whitening, but the dentists will take the precautionary steps to reduce the severity.
2. Close the Unsightly Gaps
Missing teeth not only damper your appearance, but will also affect your dental structure. The spaces in between the teeth may cause the deterioration of the alveolar bone. Furthermore, the surrounding teeth may shift to occupy the available gaps. This further weakens the dental structure. We offer various dental solutions that can help you replace the teeth.
Dental bridges are an ideal option as they are a non-invasive dental procedure that involves cementing the artificial teeth. These bridges last for about 10 to 15 years and would need to be replaced.
Dental implants are perfect if you are looking for a long-term dental solution. The implants are minimally invasive and are surgically fixed on the jawbone. Additionally, you need to have enough jaw bone to support the implants.
Both implants and bridges can help to replace the teeth. Speak to our dentist in Torrance, CA, on the pros and cons of the two.
3. Cover the Chipped and Cracked Teeth
The enamel can crack and chip as a result of falls or accidents. Dental bonding is ideal if you have minor cracks. Bonding involves the application of a composite-resin on the affected teeth, and the procedure is done on the same dental visit. With proper care, the bonding material can last between seven and ten years.
4. Harmonize the Size or Shape of the Teeth
If you have smaller-than regular teeth, you may benefit from dental veneers. Veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are applied on the surface of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are the commonly used option, and they require three dental visits for them to be fixed. The veneers are durable– lasting for ten years.
Ways to Support Your Teeth
Apart from fixing your crooked, discolored, or missing teeth, it is vital to enhance the health and strength of your teeth.
- Get regular fluoride treatments
One of the primary messages of the National Smile Month campaign is fluoride use.
Fluoride occurs naturally, and it is found in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and in-office dental treatments. The mineral can help strengthen the enamel and also prevent mild dental cavities.
- Have regular dental checkups
We recommend getting your teeth, and oral health examined every six months. During the routine checkups, we also perform deep teeth cleaning to get rid of any tartar buildup.
- Avoid eating sugary foods
When you consume sugary foods, bacteria convert the sugar to acids that attack the enamel and make them prone to decay.
During the National Smile Month, take the initiative and visit the Digital Smiles clinic for your dental needs. We offer different services from cosmetic to restorative dentistry. Plus, you can enjoy the benefits of our emergency dentistry services.