Dental issues will make you feel insecure about your smile, and that can be difficult to deal with. So much of our communication with people relies on facial expression.
When you’re too ashamed of your teeth to laugh or smile, it can have a massive impact on your life. Fortunately, new technology often means dentists can work miracles on dental issues. In fact, if you’re going to have an issue with any part of your body it might as well be your teeth since that’s something that can be readily transformed! Here are three common dental issues experienced with teeth and the best ways to go about fixing them to get your confidence back.
Yellow, Stained or Discoloured Teeth
As we age, our teeth often begin to look more yellow. This is a natural part of aging. Yellowing is due to the enamel covering the tooth’s surface getting thinner, and the dentin underneath (which is a yellow color) begins to show through. However, if you’re still young and your teeth look yellow, this is likely to be a result of staining. Staining can be caused by certain foods and drinks, and also not being thorough enough with your oral hygiene routine.
Stains and discoloration are common dental issues and can range in severity. Surface stains will be able to be scrubbed away, either by thorough brushing or by a scale and polish at the dentist. However deeper and more ingrained stains won’t respond as well to these treatments. In this case, a whitening treatment could help. If not, veneers could be a good option. These cover the surface layer of the tooth, disguising a multitude of sins and giving you a gleaming white smile.
Crooked teeth can be caused by overcrowding, facial injury, or bad oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. It can even happen as a result of a missing tooth. Once a tooth is lost, the other teeth will shift to fill the gap which can affect their position in your mouth. For minor crookedness and overlapping, veneers can sometimes be a good option.
For more severe crookedness, braces are likely to be the best answer. If you hate the idea of wearing metal braces in adulthood, there are ‘invisible’ brace options you could consider such as Invisalign. A dentist like Morrin Dental will be able to give you more information about what cosmetic options are best suited to you.
The most common reason teeth become loose in adulthood is because of gum disease. This chronic infection gradually weakens the attachment between your gum and teeth, making them loosen and eventually fall out. We’ve all had those terrifying dreams where our teeth fall out, and to make sure this nightmare doesn’t become a reality there are a few thing you can do.
First of all, stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine. Brushing properly twice a day, using mouthwash and flossing. Secondly, quit smoking since this is a massive risk factor for gum disease. This is because smoking hinders your immune system and makes it harder for any infections to heal. Finally, going for regular checkups at the dentist will help to catch anything early.
Sometimes a loose tooth can be saved. For example, once the infection has been treated it can be ‘splinted’ to your existing teeth while it tightens back up. But getting to the root cause of the problem will make sure that no others become loose over time.
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