The appearance of your smile is important to your self-esteem and how others base their first impressions. You work hard to ensure that you always look your best by maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. However, you could have a few bad habits that are leaving you at risk for chips or stains. Simple mistakes that you make throughout the day could have lasting effects on your teeth.
Preventing Chipped Teeth
Chips and cracks are preventable in most cases if you reduce bad habits that can lead to them in the first place, such as using your teeth as tools or biting your nails. However, not all are avoidable, such as if you fall or experience trauma to your mouth. In some cases, biting on an overly hard piece of food or mouth piercings can also lead to the damage. If it does occur, do not worry. Your dentist has the solutions that you need.
Minor chips and cracks can often be repaired using cosmetic bonding. This involves a composite resin material that is customized to match your enamel color for a seamless repair. It is easily moldable, allowing it to repair the damage with results that will look natural.
Preventing Tooth Discoloration
Over time, your teeth will naturally start to darken; however, there are several things you may be doing that can influence the severity of the changes. Many foods and drinks are known to cause stains, such as coffee, tea, and berries. In addition, poor lifestyle choices, like smoking or bad oral hygiene habits, can also cause your teeth to turn brown or yellow. When this occurs, it can make you appear older than your true age.
To restore a youthful look, you can get your teeth several shades whiter with a simple cosmetic procedure. Your dentist offers professional teeth whitening to drastically reverse the visibility of stains. A highly concentrated whitening agent is applied to your teeth to deeply penetrate the enamel. Within an hour, your smile will become several shades whiter.
To maintain your new bright smile, it is important to avoid the factors that caused the discoloration in the first place, like darkly pigmented or acidic foods. In addition, it is best to maintain proper oral hygiene habits by brushing twice a day and flossing each night. Do not forget to visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Get a Beautiful Smile
If chips and stains have left you feeling self-conscious about your smile, it is time to call your dentist to restore the appearance of your teeth. After performing an initial consultation, a customized treatment plan will be created to enhance your confidence.
About Bethel Dental
At Bethel Dental, we believe that a healthy smile starts here. We offer complete dental services to keep your teeth and gums healthy. To ensure that you always look your best, we offer an array of cosmetic procedures. If you have chips or stains that need treated, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.