Achieving Good Dental Health Can Be Easier than You Think

The Selfie-Ready Smile: How The Dentist Can Help

Is your smile selfie-ready? If you'd rather keep your lips pursed tight than show off your pearly whites, take a look at what you need to know about oral health, your teeth, and the benefits of regular dental care.

What Don't You Like About Your Smile?

Before you call your dentist to schedule an appointment, make a list (either mentally or physically write it down) of what you don't like about your smile. This could include:

  • The color of your teeth. Bright white teeth are the cornerstone of a selfie-ready smile. If your teeth are dark, yellowish, or in any other way discolored, a dentist can help you to make a change. 

  • The shape of your teeth. Are your teeth uneven or chipped? Dental veneers, crowns, and orthodontic devices can reshape your smile.

  • The size of your teeth. Are your teeth perfectly shaped but too small for your mouth? Dental veneers can add length and width to your teeth. 

Along with these issues, cavities (areas of decay), injuries, and missing teeth can negatively impact your smile. Like color, shape, and size, the dentist can help you to correct these aesthetic and oral health problems.

Do You Have Discomfort Or Other Symptoms?

The way your teeth look can change your confidence level. But aesthetics aren't everything. Even though your primary goal is to upgrade your smile, you also need to pay attention to your mouth's overall health. If you don't like how your teeth look and you have pain, sensitivity, or other oral concerns, you need to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Discomfort combined with changes in the color or shape of your teeth might indicate:

  • A cavity. While some cavities are painless, others cause discomfort or sensitivity. Significant decay can cause dark spots on your teeth or other discoloration. 

  • An injury. An internal injury could cause the tooth to darken. Coupled with pain, this issue is something you should never ignore.

  • Enamel erosion. Are your teeth yellow in spots? This type of discoloration might not respond to traditional whitening. Enamel erosion can cause the yellow dentin (the tissue under the teeth) to show through. 

If aesthetics aren't the only issue you have concerns about, talk to the dentist about your other symptoms. The dentist will need to examine your teeth and make a diagnosis before they can recommend a treatment. Dental fillings, veneers, crowns, implants, and bonding procedures are common procedures that provide both cosmetic and health results.

For more information, reach out to a local dentist.