A smile is one of the first things we see when meeting someone new, and one of the main images we hold of the people we love. Why? Smiling is a natural sensation…it’s a means of communicating our joy with others. In fact, it can work in reverse – smiling can even boost your mood when you’re feeling down! But what happens when your cracked tooth makes you feel like your grin isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? What if tooth discoloration makes you uncomfortable to flash your not-so-pearly whites? That original magic of your smile can fade or completely disappear.
It’s a problem faced by lots of people. It can be easy to give in to discomfort, embarrassment, or endless trials of home remedies.
But there is a better way. As an established Long Beach dental practice, we’ve seen the difference a real smile can make, and we know that a smile makeover is the ultimate upgrade in life. Make a great first impression, enjoy laughing with others, indulge in sampling your favorite foods without pain, and feel more confident.
Here are our top 6 signs that you need a smile makeover:
No amount of straw-drinking, wine-avoiding, or careful brushing seems to be enough when you’re trying to keep your teeth as white as you can. And when it comes down to it, most of us aren’t ready to give up our favorite coffee or colorful treats in the name of keeping our smiles a shade lighter. Discoloration is unfortunately a natural part of life. If you’ve ever tried a drugstore whitening kit, you may already know that the results are often patchy and ineffective and can leave your teeth feeling super sensitive.
There’s good news, though. Your dentist is an expert in identifying optimal whitening treatments that can ensure that your smile returns to its beautiful brightness. With professional-grade whitening products, stains rapidly break down for good. And if you need faster than fast results, laser whitening treatments can enhance traditional bleaching treatments to make sure that you’re left beaming in no time.
Looking like a middle school student with a full set of braces isn’t appealing to most adults. Hey, we’re with you! Luckily, there’s a better alternative – no unsightly rubber bands required. Invisalign is our choice teeth-straightening system for a quick smile makeover. Clear and subtle, these thin aligners gently nudge your teeth into place. Once you reach the goal for one aligner (generally within one to two weeks), you move to the next one, giving you a straight, symmetrical smile in no time.
Despite its discreet nature, this method packs a punch. When you collaborate with your dentist to find the right Invisalign system, you can also fix a variety of other issues like gaps between your teeth or that tooth that twists out of order from the rest of your teeth.
Cosmetic procedures are not just for wealthy stars who are out and about in the public eye. They’re meant to restore your confidence and to protect you from serious health issues. Having cracked or missing teeth can make talking or eating uncomfortable. These issues can also pose long-term damage like gum disease, decay, and diminished jaw strength. Implants are used to replace a single tooth while dentures can replace multiple teeth. They look just like real teeth, filling in your smile naturally. Additionally, tooth-colored crowns can be placed over damaged teeth to protect and strengthen them.
While these processes used to take multiple visits to perform, we can now transform smiles in record time! CEREC technology allows your dentist to complete a crown procedure in as little as one hour.
If you have a loose tooth, you may experience the pain of tooth decay or infection. While root canals get a bad rap, they are the most cost-effective and efficient way to stop the chronic pain of tooth decay. By getting the dead and diseased pulp tissue out of your tooth, your dentist is able to fill the space with materials that reinforce the tooth’s strength and stop the pain.
If your pain is from sensitivity (particularly to cold or crunchy foods), a fluoride treatment might be right for you. Your dentist will be able to determine what you need to protect your tooth’s sensitive nerves and rebuild enamel to stop that sensitivity so that you can enjoy your favorite meals the way you’re meant to…without pain.
A smile makeover doesn’t just include caring for the look of your teeth. If you’ve noticed a constant bad taste in your mouth – one that might make your favorite food taste different or seem to give you constant bad breath – it’s time to check things out.
Plaque build-up, gum disease, and other serious oral infections can cause an accumulation of bacteria in your mouth that releases foul-smelling odors and accelerates tooth decay. Your dentist can help you to stop this problem in its tracks through laser therapy or other treatments.
Have you stopped cracking a smile in your selfies? Do you avoid being in front of the camera altogether? Our smiles are a huge part of our self-image. They have a huge impact on our confidence, affecting our job performance, communication, and overall wellbeing. An ever-important step to a truly effective self-care routine and an imperative part of maintaining a healthy mouth, getting a smile makeover is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Looking for the best smile makeover in Long Beach? Whether you’ve identified your problem within this list or need some help figuring out where the issue lies, let us help you smile from ear to ear and find your confidence. Visit Greg Campbell, DDS, for the best cosmetic dentistry in Long Beach.