We are living in a world where cultures are heavily influenced by endless selfies. Facebook, Instagram, and other social media applications are always at our fingertips. Now more than ever, there is tremendous pressure to look good and have a beautiful smile for the visual pleasure of others. People are constantly bullied about their crooked, missing, discolored, or imperfect teeth. Studies show about one–third of American adults are unhappy with their smile. So, if you are a part of that one–third, what can you do?

CLEAN FIRST
The first thing you can do is have your teeth cleaned by a dental professional. The American Dental Association recommends all adults see their dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Seeing the dentist every six months will help you keep your mouth healthy, clean, and provide early detection for potential problems with your teeth or gums. If you are at high risk for gingivitis or other periodontal diseases, schedule your cleanings every 3 to 4 months.

CROOKED & MISSING TEETH
1 in 5 people have some sort of malocclusion or misaligned teeth. This can include crowding, spacing, or rotation of teeth. Crooked teeth can cause embarrassment about your smile and lead to low self-esteem. The good news is that it can be fixed! Treatment options range from braces to veneers. Orthodontic treatment, or braces, are common ways to straighten your teeth to provide that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. With new clear aligners, like Invisalign, braces can be worn more discreetly and comfortably. If braces are not an option, veneers are another solution. Veneers are thin porcelain coverings placed on the front of your teeth to give that glamorous, Hollywood smile.
If you are missing teeth, new advancements in dentistry help make the replacement process easier. Depending on the number of teeth missing, your smile can be restored with an implant, a bridge, a partial denture, a denture or a combination of these services. The type of replacement chosen depends on your dental health needs and what will be more suitable for you.

GETTING THE PEARLY WHITES
Making your smile whiter and brighter is an easy and affordable way to enhance your smile. Whitening procedures range from gels and pens to laser whitening. The two most popular options are take–home kits and in–office whitening. Teeth whitening take–home kits usually include trays, gels, and an intra oral light. The trays can be pre-fabricated or custom made. The whitening gel is applied into the tray and worn for 30 minutes a day or overnight, depending on the kit. The intra oral light, if included, can be used to enhance the effects of the whitening gel. Each kit should have specific instructions. Please follow them carefully to avoid any damage to your teeth or gums. Most dental offices also provide in–office or laser whitening. The procedure can last anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour. A gingival barrier is applied to protect your gums and the whitening gel is applied to each tooth, then a special whitening light or laser enhances the effects of the gel. This 15–minute cycle is repeated 2–3 times during your appointment giving you a whiter and brighter smile.

SMILE MORE, LIVE MORE
Everyone wants to smile freely, laugh, and enjoy life. If there are things you don’t like about your smile, don’t worry it can be fixed. Find a trusted dental professional who can help you navigate your treatment options. If affordability is a concern, there are many financing options that can make dental treatment more affordable, including Care Credit and Compassionate Financing.

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