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Each day after school, Bee starts sharing her day as soon as she gets into the car. Some days, she doesn’t stop talking until we get home. Recently, her focus has been on a mission to lose her first tooth. A classmate has already lost their first tooth and Bee just can’t wait until the Tooth Fairy comes to visit for the first time.
Of course, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t always stop by our house (don’t judge).
That said I’m certainly not ready for her to grow up and I’m not ready for potential tooth problems.
When I was about 12, my teeth started moving. More specifically, my lower teeth pushed out my middle bottom tooth. With each bite, my top teeth pushed out this bottom tooth. Slowly over the next couple of years, my gums no longer supported my tooth and I almost lost it.
Thankfully, braces saved me from having a gap in my smile. Cosmetic dentistry to the rescue!
Those were prime teeth days for me. I had the cleanest, whitest teeth. I hated the idea of food stuck in my teeth and followed all of the dentist’s directions on keeping white teeth, even though it was often difficult.
Brushing – I brushed no less than three times a day, after breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Flossing – With the braces, for the first time ever, I was able to get between my teeth to floss and boy did my teeth appreciate it.
Mouthwash – Sometimes I had food stuck in my braces and it was gross. I kept a bottle of this in my backpack for any time I couldn’t brush.
Avoid Tobacco – This was easy. I don’t smoke because it’s absolutely disgusting.
Limit Sodas, Coffee and Alcohol – I was too young to drink and don’t particularly enjoy coffee. Those two were easy. At that time, I drank more soda than I do today, but with the braces, I cut all of that out!
Take My Vitamins – Even though I hate taking pills, I was all over this one! I wanted to make sure that any movement in my mouth would be supported from the inside out.
Make My Appointments – Well, I didn’t want to wear braces any longer than I had to, so I made sure that I went to every appointment ON TIME.
Sometimes, you can do everything right and still have issues with your teeth. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry has become commonplace. Men and women alike will stop by their dentist to get widespread treatments like bleaching, bonding, veneers and reshaping. Who doesn’t want beautiful white teeth?
Bleaching is the most common. You can pick up a bleaching kit from any store or pharmacy. Even though they don’t get the best results, you can do it yourself.
Now the rest need a dentist’s touch.
Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth.
Bridges are made to bridge the gaps created by one or more missing teeth.
Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. Whereas veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth.
Finally, tooth reshaping and contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session.
How to Find the Perfect Dentist
The condition of your teeth and desired result you want often dictates the best procedure. A good dentist, like this one in New Orleans, can answer any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile. Those questions should include:
- How will my smile change?
- What should I expect through the course of treatment?
- Will there be any maintenence?
What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?
Make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry. Before you start treatment, ask your dentist for the following items:
Before and after photos. These photos will allow you to examine the results of other patients being treated by the dentist to make sure his or her work fits your dental needs.
References. References allow you to get a sense of the quality of care the dentist provides.
Proof of continuing education. Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry.
Your dentist can answer the questions you have about the techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you.
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