The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recently conducted a study showing that a smile is the one feature that will always remain attractive no matter how old we get. Nearly half (45 percent) of the research participants thought that a smile can defy the aging process. In comparison, other body parts that are thought to not age as well as the smile were the eyes, your hair, the body as a whole, and your legs. More than 1,000 Americans age 18 and over were polled in this study.
Considering how important it is to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, how can you prevent the aging process and keep those pearly whites shining? In our experience as dental professionals we think there are two primary ways for your smile to look its best. It comes down to the overall whiteness and straightness of your teeth. Mother nature intended teeth to be clean, bright white and straight. This is the best form of natural beauty because not only will your teeth be esthetically pleasing, but they’ll be more functional, last longer (so you won’t need crowns or veneers) and overall you’ll have fewer dental problems that arise.
Although no one has perfectly white teeth, there are safe and effective whitening treatments that we offer in our office. Most notably our Zoom2! Whitening which allows teeth to be up to eight shades whiter in less than one hours time. Not only does Zoom2! Whitening make your teeth whiter it can actually remove stains and discoloration as well.
Despite many of you thinking that the only solution to straightening your teeth is to visit an orthodontist, there are alternatives to braces. One such alternative is Invisalign. The clear, plastic aligner trays fit around your teeth and slowly straighten them. There is no metal and since they’re removable, you can comfortably eat the foods you want and easily brush and floss your teeth. Typically, you receive a new tray every two weeks, to continue the straightening process. Total treatment time usually takes between 12 to 16 months, but this depends heavily on your diligence in wearing your aligners and the amount of shifting the teeth need to undergo from the outset.
If the smile is the secret to looking beautiful as you age, make sure you maintain your oral health by scheduling a teeth cleaning every six months. Call us today to book your appointment 239.939.5556.