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Smile Improvement

Smile plays a major role in how we perceive ourselves, as well as in the impressions we make on the people around us. If you feel good about your smile, you are much more likely to flash it on others in a pleasing and charming manner. For most people, unflattering smiles cause undue embarrassment and distress, as the mouth is one of the focal points of the face. Cosmetic surgery and Cosmetic dentistry are the areas that seek to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Cosmetic surgery can modify the position and movements of the lip contributing to the excessive gum exposure. Cosmetic dentistry covers a multitude of procedures that improves the beauty, health and appearance of the teeth. Today the procedures are performed with better materials and technology, and with minimal discomfort and maximum safety. The color, size, and shape of your teeth all have a profound impact on your appearance. While it is often the desire of people to improve the look of their smiles, it is the goal of aesthetic dentistry, to do this while still maintaining a "natural" appearance of the teeth. This often requires addressing one or all of the above-mentioned criteria. How is it that alterations in these three characteristics enhance your smile?

Color of Your Teeth

Tooth color is most commonly what people see first. As you get older, your teeth get darker. The reasons for this include normal changes that occur within the tooth and repeated insults from environmental conditions (coffee or tea stains, for example). Generally, then, darker teeth are associated with older age. The easiest way that aesthetic dentistry can correct this is by teeth bleaching. But this alone may not entirely create a natural-looking appearance.

Smile Makeover
  • 76% of people don’t feel confident to smile in a photograph
  • 48% of people make judgments about people by the look of their smile
  • 77% of people think it helps psychologically
  • 67% of people think it helps romantically

Fighting Gum Disease
Home care, which includes proper dietary choices, good dental hygiene and a healthy lifestyle are the major factors in fighting gum disease.

Proper Diet
  • Proper Diet
  • Dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, cereals, fish and grain all contribute in different ways towards the health of your gums and should be included in your regular diet.
  • Good Dental Hygiene
  • Brushing and flossing the teeth at least twice a day are the core of fighting gum disease and both are equally important for preventing build-up of plaque and the dreaded tartar.
  • Brushing helps remove the plaque that forms on the surface of the teeth. Flossing is essential for removing plaque from places that a regular brush cannot reach including under the gum line and in between the teeth. Fluoride-containing toothpastes and mouth washes help strengthen the teeth and gums and prevent decay.
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Starchy foods as well as foods that are high in sugar encourage the growth of harmful plaque-causing bacteria and should be eaten in limited amounts.

Brushing the teeth immediately after indulging in these foods can go a long way in preventing the onset of gum disease. Hard candies and jellybeans that stay in the mouth for long periods of time are best avoided as they are sugar-rich and the longer they stay in the mouth the more prolonged the attack on the gums.

Periodontal gum disease is a bacterial infection in the gums around the teeth. The first stage of periodontal gum disease is gingivitis. There is usually no pain or discomfort experienced in this stage and that is why gingivitis can easily progress to a more serious condition called periodontitis. Periodontal gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. In addition, the bacteria that causes gum infection and disease is associated with the development of strokes and heart attacks.

These are some of the warning signs of periodontal gum disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth
  • Gums that are red inflamed or tender
  • Pus appears between gums and teeth
  • Deep pockets surrounding gums and teeth
  • Persistent case of bad breath
  • Constant bad taste in your mouth
  • Receding gums that make your teeth look longer
  • Tooth becomes loose

Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing only some of their teeth on a particular arch. Fixed partial dentures, better known as crowns and bridges, are also for patients missing only some of their teeth, but these are more expensive than removable appliances, and they have some unique constraints in certain specific instances.

Problems With Complete Dentures
Problems with dentures include the fact that patients are not used to having something in their mouth that is not food. The brain senses this appliance as "food" and sends messages to the salivary glands to produce more saliva and to secrete it at a higher rate. New dentures will also be the inevitable cause of sore spots as they rub and press on the mucosa. A few denture adjustments during the weeks following removal of natural teeth and insertion of the dentures can take care of this issue. Gagging is another problem encountered by some patients. At times, this may be due to a denture that is too loose fitting, too thick or not extended far enough posteriorly onto the soft palate. At times, gagging may also be attributed to psychological denial of the denture. Psychological gagging is the most difficult to treat since it is out of the dentist's control. In such cases, an implant supported palate-less denture may have to be constructed or a hypnotist may need to be consulted.

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