How to Improve Your Smile this Summer
Summer is here and most of us are now spending more time outdoors and being social with friends and family. Therefore, it is natural that many of us may start thinking about our smiles, and how we might be able to go about improving them for the warmer months.
In this article, the team at River City Dental, your friendly local dentist in Indooroopilly, will outline a number of approaches to improving your smile for summer. The best part? That improvements to your smile now will last into the future, and whatever the season, you will have a stronger, healthier smile.
Teeth whitening at your dentist Indooroopilly
Very few of us have naturally white teeth as we age. It is common for them to become discoloured under the influence of our everyday habits such as coffee consumption, tea consumption, consumption of sugar, and imperfect oral hygiene routine or inadequate flossing. Not only is it a matter of staining, but also dental erosion; our teeth are not as white on the inside andas enamel wears away, the discoloured dentin is increasingly exposed. So, what colour can our teeth become? It is common for our teeth to become yellow, grey, or off white.
However, there is no reason why your teeth need to be discoloured when you have access to advanced modern teeth whitening methods at your dentist. Here at River City Dental, we offer the Philips Zoom! teeth whitening system, a highly popular and effective treatment method that can improve the brightness of your teeth.
So how does this method work? Firstly, your dentist will protect your lips and gums, then they will apply the Zoom bleaching gel to the teeth. This often works in conjunction with a light which activates the gel and its bleaching effect. This is then allowed to sit, often for around 10 to 15 minutes, before your dentist removes it. It is then reapplied and repeated for 3-4 rounds, maximizing the whitening effect. Depending on your teeth and the reason for the discoloration, you may be a candidate for a Philips Zoom! Whitening treatment to brighten your smile.
Dental veneers at your dentist Indooroopilly
Maybe the challenge you have isn’t discolored teeth, but teeth that are spaced or crowded, uneven or poorly shaped, or chipped teeth? Or perhaps the discoloration is too extensive or extreme to be fixed by teeth whitening? In that case, you may wish to consider dental veneers as a treatment option at your dentist.
Porcelain veneers are a natural looking ‘shell’ or restoration that covers the outside or visible surface of the teeth, typically used as a cosmetic dentistry treatment for teeth at the front of the mouth that form the smile. It covers defects realistically, improving your smile. It requires your dentist to first undertake a small amount of preparatory work on your natural teeth, and then the veneers are bonded to the surface of the teeth.
Veneers are usually made of porcelain and their main benefits are considered to be that they are customizable to your smile in terms of size, shape and colour; that they will not stain; and that they have minimal impact on your natural teeth.
Veneers may also be used in conjunction with gum lifts which can help to make the smile less gummy and to include more of your beautiful teeth.
Another common complaint that people have about their smiles is that their teeth overlap, have gaps, or suffer from other minor cosmetic imperfections in alignment of the teeth. Some of us may feel helpless about this, like there is nothing we can do. Adults are often less inclined to get braces because of their visibility and a sense of stigma. While this stigma is not necessary, here at River City Dental, we can help people to navigate other ways of straightening minor alignment issues, such as with invisible aligners.
We offer Sure-smile aligners to help patients straighten their teeth. It all starts with an appointment in which your dentist develops a custom treatment plan unique to you. This will then lead to your dentist Fig Tree Pocket providing your first set of clear aligners, and you will typically cycle through clear aligners, keeping each set for two weeks. The next set will be made to suit your smile as it gradually shifts towards its intended shape and position.
Other cosmetic treatment options
Perhaps none of these options is right for you, or you have more extensive damage to your smile such as a missing or incomplete tooth. If that is the case, then there are plenty of additional options available to you at River City Dental. This includes dental implants to replace missing teeth at your dentist. This process is not immediate and can take some time (size to twelve months), but it allows people with missing teeth to restore their smile to an amazing extent. It also helps to preserve the appearance of the natural teeth that are still in place.
Other cosmetic dentistry options for improving your smile this summer also include dental crowns to restore a damaged natural tooth to a realistic new tooth in appearance. This option is popular at River City Dental because we offer same day dental crowns, the ultimate in convenience. Usually, dental crowns would require appointments over two days that are weeks apart, but our convenient system ensures a fast and effective result without impacting your schedule.
Preventative dentistry: maintaining the smile you have now
If we have damage to our teeth or if they have an imperfect appearance, this can only be corrected by preventative dentistry. However, we need to remember that however our smiles look now, it is always possible that they will begin to look worse if we do not continue taking care of them. For that reason, your dentist advises you to also consider how to preserve your current smile and keep it healthy – not just for this summer but for many summers to come.
Book in your regular check-up and clean today
A healthy smile depends on a regular schedule of dental check-ups at your local dentist. Receiving a dental check up every six months allows your smile to remain both healthy and attractive, because it enables your dentist to deliver timely care, and to provide advice on your dental health.
Your dentist can answer any questions you may have about your oral hygiene routine at home, which after all, is where you receive dental care for the rest of the six months around your visit. It is therefore highly important, and yet it is easy to become complacent about our oral hygiene routines at home. Your dentist can provide advice on the best toothbrush, best toothpaste and brushing routines, even helping you to identify areas you might be missing when you brush.
However, the main value in going to your dentist is that they can detect dental issues in good time and help to prevent damage to your teeth that will be unsightly in the future. For example, plaque along the gum line can be removed before it leads to decay and gum disease; decay can be treated before it leads to a cavity; a cavity can be treated before a root canal is required; and a timely root canal can save a tooth.
While a dental check-up and clean will not revolutionize how your smile looks, it is a great starting point. It enables your dentist to provide preventative dentistry and is a forum for discussion of various cosmetic treatment methods you might be eligible for (as discussed above).
Undertake a professional dental clean at your dentist
Even when we clean our teeth diligently at home, they will still often gradually become discolored and have plaque build up on them, particularly around the gum-line and in other areas of the mouth that are not as easy to brush. This is inevitable because of the fact that you only have access to certain basic store-bought equipment at home, lack professional training, are working on your own mouth, can only make a limited time commitment at morning and night, and various other factors.
When our teeth haven’t been cleaned in a while, this can create an unpleasant feeling in the mouth, particularly when we run our tongue over our teeth. More importantly, though, it results in other issues in the mouth such as gum disease and decay. Hence, having our teeth professionally cleaned can help to ensure that our smiles stay beautiful by preventing decay, gum disease, and other conditions. This method may or may not also make the teeth visibly cleaner, depending on your smile.
Dentists have at their disposal various methods of cleaning depending on the equipment their dentist have decided to invest in. At River City Dental, we are proud to offer our patients EMS airflow, which is a type of world-class Swiss technology of Airflow Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) treatment. This both saves time and feels more pleasant for patients in the moment, involving very minimal teeth contact and no scraping.
How does it work? Firstly, your dentist will apply a disclosing solution to your teeth which helps to reveal to your dentist the location of the plaque. This is then targeted using a high-pressure mixture of liquid, water and powder that removes plaque from the surface of your teeth and gum-line and removes stains from the teeth. It’s a great example of the gentle dental approach we take here at River City Dental, our community focused dentist in the west Brisbane area.
Wearing a mouthguard
Do you play contact sports? Such as rugby, football or soccer? Or boxing,water polo or hockey? If you are involved in any sport that requires a mouth guard, you may wish to consider getting a professional mouth guard made up by your dentist. This will be more comfortable than a store-bought mouthguard and will also offer a superior level of protection. A mouth-guard doesn’t only protect the appearance of our teeth but all the other parts of the mouth that can be impacted by a collision in a sporting game such as the lips and tongue.
It is also worth asking: do you grind your teeth at night? We may not be aware of grinding our teeth as for many it is an unconscious behaviour undertaken out of habit or due to stress, that many of us do during our sleep (though we may also clench our teeth during the day without being aware). If we continuously grind our teeth, this can result in headaches, toothaches, and jaw aches, but it can also wear away at the teeth, reducing their height and changing their shape, and potentially resulting in cracked teeth. Hence, you may wish to get a custom-made night guard or splint made up by your dentist to protect your teeth from unsightly damage at night.
Booking in a dental appointment
Has this article provided you inspiration and ideas for how you can improve your smile this summer? To receive dental treatment to improve your smile, or for more tailored advice based on your oral health and history and circumstances, book an appointment with River City Dental. We would love to support you to achieve your dream smile, as we have already done for so many people living in Indooroopilly and surrounds. For more information browse our website or book an appointment at a time that suits you.