If eyes are the windows to the soul, a smile could be called the window to the heart, or at least a very good gauge of a person’s happiness and health. While most people are concerned with the appearance of their smiles, not everyone realizes what an effect oral health has on a smile’s appearance. If you want to look and feel your best, it’s not enough to seek cosmetic dentistry. You need to follow up cosmetic treatments with a great oral hygiene and preventive care routine to keep your smile looking its best!
How Oral Health Affects Your Smile
A healthy smile is a beautiful smile, one with bright teeth and pink gums. But, if you’re suffering from dental issues such as gingivitis, cavities, or even alignment issues, these could affect your oral health as well as the appearance of your smile.
- Gum disease, for instance, can cause gums to become inflamed, red, and even bleed. It can also cause excessive gum tissue growth, or recession, which can drastically change the look of your smile, often causing an asymmetrical gumline which can detract from your otherwise beautiful teeth.
- Cavities can cause discoloration and deep stains, but also decay that erodes the very enamel of your teeth, often leading to more serious issues like infection. To restore your smile both cosmetically and functionally, you could have a tooth-colored dental filling completed. Since it uses the same material as cosmetic bonding, it creates a seamless restoration that will still allow you to smile beautifully and comfortably!
- Alignment issues can cause obvious problems, like gaps between the teeth or overlapping teeth, which can be embarrassing and often uncomfortable. But, alignment problems can also lead to subconscious teeth grinding which can cause wear along the edges of the teeth and damaged the jaw, as well. To correct these issues, many dentists offer orthodontic treatments, and also TMJ treatment, which can address the causes of the teeth grinding.