The beginning of the year is the best time to begin a new habit or to set out to accomplish a new goal. If you are having trouble coming up with a new year’s resolution we suggest that you resolve to smile more. Here are some suggestions to help you make that resolution a reality.
Strive for the Best Oral Care
The first step is to make sure you are brushing at least 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time. Use a fluoride toothpaste when brushing it will help strengthen and remineralize your teeth. Be sure to get your teeth cleaned by a hygienist every 6 months. The hygienist will also take x-rays to make sure you do not have any cavities. Finally be sure you floss. You can use dental floss, flossing picks, or a water pik.
Minor Restorative Dentistry
The New Year might be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health and smile.
Major Restorative Dentistry
Did you know that dental implants have become the best treatment option to replace missing teeth? A dental implant replaces the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, implants are integrated in the jawbone. Dental implants have proven to be highly successful once placed securely by a specially trained dentist.
Veneers are a great option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are thin, custom made shells of tooth colored material designed to cover the front side of teeth. Veneers are made by a dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from a model provided by your dentist. Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process, because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the veneer. For many people the result is more than worth it.
When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. Teeth whitening (bleaching) is a simple process whitening products contain one of two bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break down stain into small pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter. There are three types of whitening.
- Whitening Toothpaste
- In-Office Bleaching
- At-Home Bleaching
To find out which option might suit you best discuss Whitening with your dentist.
We all make New Year’s resolutions, but many of us are not likely to follow through. Turning over a new leaf in regards to your dental needs in the New Year can be tricky but finding a way to stick with it is important when that new leaf benefits your oral health and your new smile.
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