Improve your smile in 5 ways

Improve your smile in 5 ways

Your smile is usually the first thing you see when you meet someone new. Whether you’re a senior or a teenager, putting your best smile forward is important. Even if your teeth are already glowing white or straight, we’ve put together five ways you can improve your smile.

1. Visit us at Meyer Dental Group on a regular to improve your smile

It may seem obvious, but scheduling regular dental visits with us are important. We recommend at least every six months! Even if you’re just coming in for a cleaning and a check-up, our professionals will be able to spot any potential concerns. Problems like plaque build-up or cavities that may arise in the future can solve them before they become a serious problem.

Visiting us every few months for a deep clean is also important. We will remove any plaque build-up that can lead to serious gum disease. This help avoid ruining the appearance of your gums down the road.

2. Floss & Brush

I know we’ve been telling you to brush and floss your whole life, but it’s for good reason. Flossing should be done daily to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Brushing after you eat will prevent any future gum disease, or reverse its effects if you’re already suffering from it.

3. Teeth Whitening

Using a teeth whitening tray is a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth without investing a lot of time or money. Using a whitening tray once a day can whiten your smile several shades in just a matter of weeks. Even if your teeth are already white, a few weeks with a whitening tray will give your smile that much brighter of an appearance.

4. Dental Veneers

If you have been grinding your teeth throughout your life or perhaps just have uneven teeth, veneers can be a great option for you. Dental veneers give your teeth the appearance of being smooth and straight. Aside from mimicking your natural teeth, veneers restore the function for you teeth.

5. Adult Braces

We know braces may seem like something you got rid of as soon as you graduated high school. Braces are still a great way to straighten teeth, even in your later years. We now have invisible braces – which have the same straightening effect as braces, but without the geeky appearance.

There you have it. Cosmetic dentistry has advanced in helping people with their confidence by improving smiles and restoring your teeth’s function. If you have any questions regarding the ways we listed above or have not listed, feel free to contact us. Our friendly, family-oriented team can go over more options with you.

 

Health benefits of cosmetic dental treatments in Des Plaines

Health benefits of cosmetic dental treatments in Des Plaines

3 HEALTH BENEFITS OF COSMETIC DENTAL TREATMENTS

Cosmetic dentistry is a widely discussed topic these days, and with good reason. It’s difficult not to notice how quickly and drastically it can improve your smile, and having a more beautiful appearance can certainly help to give you a boost of confidence.

Your Des Plaines dentist also wants you to know about some of the important health benefits. Cosmetic dental treatments can help to:

1. Reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease

Choosing to straighten crooked teeth with braces can do more than make your teeth look nicer. Tightly squeezed together teeth are often difficult to clean and create ideal nooks and crannies for plaque and bacteria to hide in, even when there is consistent oral hygiene.

2. Prevent a misaligned bite

Life happens and sometimes that means missing teeth. Whether your dentist had to remove one or more teeth, or you experienced some other trauma/injury, any missing teeth should be replaced.

When a gap is left anywhere along your gum line, the neighboring teeth can begin to drift into the open space. This shifting can change the alignment of your bite and cause other problems for your teeth and your overall health. This includes tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, and TMJ, a painful jaw joint disorder. Your dentist has many excellent and natural-looking options to replace missing teeth, including:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants

3. Treat TMJ

TMJ disorders often result from dental issues, such as a bad bite caused by missing or crooked teeth. Over time, this misaligned bite can put pressure on the jaw joints. Without treatment, you may begin to feel pain in the joints or hear a clicking noise when you chew, talk or yawn.

Fortunately, your dentist can treat the individual dental issues that caused your jaw misalignment. Overtime, these procedures work to correct your bite, realign your jaw and allow your jaw muscles to relax and heal. A dental approach helps to reduce or even resolve the pain for many TMJ sufferers. TMJ treatment may include:

  • Orthotics
  • Braces
  • Bridges, crowns and implants

Where can you learn more?

We believe a great smile makes a difference. If you are live in Des Plaines, and want to find a cosmetic dentist that believes in providing premium dental care, contact Dr. Meyer to arrange for a consultation.