It’s Time To Schedule Your Checkup
With COVID vaccines rolling out, we may soon be able to start taking our masks off revealing our smiles again! Many of us may have neglected our teeth during this time, but it is nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t let yourself be camera shy behind a less than ideal smile with these dental hygiene tips.
Schedule your Dental Appointment
The most important thing you can do is schedule a visit with your dentist. A professional teeth cleaning can help in several areas:
- Your dental hygienist has the skills and special tools to help clean tough to remove stains that both dull and discolor your teeth.
- Your dentists will be able to identify any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease that will prevent any possibility of oral surgery or tooth removal.
- During professional cleanings it is easy for your dentist to detect any problems such as broken dental fillings or fractures.
- Additional treatments can be combined with your routine care such as a fluoride treatment or teeth whitening which can help prevent cavities and whiten your smile.
- If your dentist finds any serious issues or complications, you can schedule an appointment to address the issue immediately before it has the chance to progress or worsen.
- According to the CDC 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. Meeting with your dentist can help to detect early signs and take preventative measures.
- Since it is early in the new year, many times your insurance benefits have reset or your FSA is replenished. If you have been waiting on dental treatment, now is the best time to get started.
Establish an at Home Care Routine
Properly caring for your teeth at home is vital to being sure your smile is ready for when the masks come off. Aside from brushing twice a day – there is more you can do to prepare your smile for post covid. Actively taking care of your teeth at home will save you from having to take extra trips to the dentist in case of an emergency or sudden tooth pain.
Flossing every day helps to prevent plaque from forming. Plaque is a colorless sticky film that forms between your teeth and along your gumline. If plaque is left untreated it will lead to the formation of tartar which will increase the chances of gum disease. Regular flossing helps to mitigate the risks of gum disease by removing plaque buildup. The ADA recommends flossing at least once per day.
Don’t put off caring for your teeth any longer! Be sure your smile is ready before masks start coming off by planning ahead and seeking out treatment with your dentist.
Consider Cosmetic Treatment
If you have discolored or missing teeth, or are dissatisfied with your smile’s symmetry, spacing, and alignment, you may want to consider the below cosmetic treatments.
Invisalign aligners are custom made in a series of trays that gently move your teeth into place. No need for uncomfortable or off-putting metal braces, and adult cases on average take only about 12 months of treatment! If you’re unsure, Invisalign also offers the opportunity to showcase what your smile will look like after treatment.
A teeth cleaning can help to prevent tooth decay or gum disease, but teeth whitening will help to remove any stains on your teeth to bring out your natural white smile. Teeth whitening can be performed through a variety of methods. Speak to your dentist about the benefits of at-home and in-office teeth whitening.
A smile makeover is a treatment process that may also be referred to as full-mouth reconstruction. This is a custom-designed treatment program that revolves around the functional and cosmetic needs of the patient. The purpose of a smile makeover is to address multiple concerns on a streamlined schedule, so patients can be smiling with confidence as soon as possible.
Imperfections of the smile, including gaps or cracks in the teeth, can cause patients to feel self-conscious about how their smile looks to others. With the use of restorations such as veneers, patients can disguise any insecurities they may be experiencing and transform their smile. Veneers are facings that are fabricated from porcelain to alter the shape and shade of the existing teeth to be more esthetic. They are cemented to healthy or minimally restored teeth to cover them and provide a more attractive appearance, so patients can no longer feel self-conscious over their smile.
If just keeping your smile white is not enough, it might be time to consider getting your teeth straightened as well! Invisalign treatment can help to straighten teeth without the need for traditional braces.
Schedule a Visit with Dental365!
Visit any of our Dental365 locations in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey to schedule your next cleaning and exam, and to talk about cosmetic dental options, and how you can improve your at home dental care routine. Contact us at (844) 365-DENTAL for more information or to schedule an appointment.