5 Tips for a More Photogenic Smile

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Studies show that at least half of Americans feel insecure about their smile. In fact, up to 57% of people intentionally cover their mouths when they laugh, because they don’t like the way their teeth look. This is unfortunate because so many remedies for imperfect teeth exist! Here’s a look at five tips for getting a more photogenic smile that you can’t wait to show off. 

1. Whiten Your Teeth 

Professional-grade teeth whitening is no longer a treatment available only to the rich and famous. A variety of affordable teeth whitening treatments are available that can transform your grin from dull and discolored to bright and beautiful. In-office teeth whitening typically only requires one visit to your dentist. During the visit your lips and gums will be protected, before a bleaching agent is applied to your teeth, followed by a laser light that activates the whitening agents. In just over an hour, you can leave the dentist with a brighter, whiter smile.

If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, your dentist can also create custom whitening trays, and provide you with dental-grade whitening gel to use at home. Over several weeks stains on your teeth will be broken up and dissolve, revealing a whiter smile.  

2. Straighten Your Teeth

Orthodontic treatment is not just for teens, and more adults than ever are choosing to correct alignment issues. For adults who don’t want traditional, noticeable metal braces, Invisalign, or lingual braces affixed to the back of your teeth both allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly.   

3. Fix Chipped Teeth

Chips in your teeth can wreak havoc on your self-esteem. Today, although dental veneers are increasingly popular, they are not the only option for fixing chipped teeth. Dental bonding can correct minor chips in your teeth, evening out the length of teeth, or changing the appearance of especially pointy teeth.

4. Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can negatively impact your mental health, making you feel less self-confident, and fearful of smiling in photos. There is no reason to live like this when options such as dental implants, implant-supported bridges, or even a full arch of missing teeth can be replaced with natural-looking artificial teeth.  

5. Cover injured or damaged teeth

Teeth that have suffered trauma are prone to discoloration. Teeth that become grayed or brown will not respond to teeth whitening treatments. However, natural-looking dental crowns (also known as caps) are custom-made to match your other teeth in color and shape. If you have multiple teeth that have been damaged or decayed, dental veneers are also available to give you a completely even, aligned, and bright white smile. 

It is Never Too Late To Achieve a Healthy, Beautiful Smile

In a perfect world, all children would see a dentist by the time they celebrate their first birthday, or when their first tooth erupts. By age seven all children would see an orthodontist. Early intervention can prevent a host of problems with bites, crowding, gaps, and decay. 

However, it is never too late to begin practicing excellent oral hygiene or to begin improving your smile. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry options allow every individual to achieve a beautiful, flawless smile that you’ll be eager to show off in photographs, at social gatherings, and in the workplace. 

Schedule a Dental Appointment in Germantown

Whether you’re ready to begin cosmetic treatments to improve your appearance, or you need treatment to improve the health of your teeth and gums, Total Dental Care in Germantown is here to help. Fully staffed a team of experienced dentists, oral surgeons, and periodontists, we provide complete family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to patients of all ages. Contact us today at 240-813-9111 or request an appointment online.