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Not Happy With Your Smile? 5 Ways to Make It Better

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One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. If you are happy with the way your teeth look, this can be a good thing. However, if you're unhappy with the way your smile looks, it can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Studies have shown that people with attractive smiles, more specifically with straight teeth, are perceived as being more successful and attractive than those with less than perfect pearly whites.
The good news is that if you're unhappy with your smile, you have plenty of options to enhance it.

Regular Dental Care

When it comes down to it, healthy teeth are often also attractive teeth. Regular dental care can make a big difference in the appearance of your smile. Brushing twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash prevents the buildup of plaque and reduces your risk of staining and discoloration. Taking care of your teeth on a daily basis is a must for maintaining an attractive smile.
Visiting the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings will also help improve the appearance of your smile. Cleanings remove the surface stains that can dull your smile. Dental checkups and cleanings keep the gums healthy and can help prevent conditions such as gum disease that can detract from your smile.

Teeth Whitening

Even with regular dental care, your teeth may not be as white as you would like. Staining and discoloration can be hard to get rid of with brushing and flossing alone. Teeth whitening  is a common solution to this problem.
Teeth whitening can remove both surface stains and stains from deep within the teeth. For superficial stains, take-home kits from the dentist are usually sufficient. Deeper staining may require in-office whitening that uses a stronger peroxide solution.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile. If your teeth are crooked, uneven or have gaps, braces and other orthodontic devices can help.
While you may associate traditional metal braces with teenagers, several options can work for people of any age. Ceramic and lingual braces are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Invisalign braces are clear, allow you to drink and eat what you want and are nearly undetectable.

Bonding and Veneers

When it comes to your smile, teeth whitening and orthodontics may not be enough. For certain types of stains or discoloration, dental bonding or veneers may be the right option. Dental bonding is where the dentist applies composite resin to the teeth to change their color and even their shape. Dental bonding can also address issues such as chips, gaps and uneven teeth. Dentists also use it to make teeth appear straighter.
Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite that are attached to the outside of the teeth. They can improve the appearance of stained, chipped or uneven teeth. The upside to both bonding and veneers is that it is a quick way to address issues with your smile. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile without orthodontics, bonding or veneers may be the way to go.

Dentures

Losing permanent teeth can have a major impact on both your smile and your self-esteem. A full set of dentures is what many dentists will recommend when there are multiple missing teeth. Bridges work well in cases where one or just a few teeth are missing. They rely on adjacent teeth for support. Whether you have just one or two missing teeth or have lost nearly all of your teeth, dentures or bridges can restore your smile.
If you look in the mirror and aren't happy with your smile, consider these methods to make it better. Contact Epps Village Family Dentistry LLC today for recommendations on ways to enhance and restore your smile.

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