The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect personally and set goals for the year ahead. But one aspect of ourselves that is often overlooked when it comes to New Year’s resolutions is the state of our smiles.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, or if you’re overdue for a dental checkup, schedule a consultation with your dentist. A knowledgeable cosmetic dentist like Austin’s Dr. Dan Matthews can help you determine the best treatment option for restoring and maintaining a vibrant, healthy smile.
The Facets of Your Smile
Like an expertly cut diamond, your smile is multifaceted. Your smile is one of the first things others notice about you, and a bright smile with properly aligned teeth can help you make a positive first impression socially and professionally, as well as enhance your self-confidence.
The benefits of a beautiful smile are more than surface deep, however. Healthy, straight teeth help you bite, chew and speak normally. Teeth that are in proper alignment and well cared for can also lessen your risk for oral health problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.
On the flip side, your smile can also show indicators of dental issues and other health concerns. During your regular exams, your dentist is assessing your oral health, but he or she is also watching for early indicators of systemic health problems such as cancer or diabetes.
Nobody’s Perfect (Not Even Movie Stars)
We often note the glowing, seamless smiles of movie stars, and the phrase “celebrity smile” is frequently employed by the media. While some people are blessed with straighter smiles than others, the truth is that nobody’s smile is naturally perfect.
Most of us suffer from some form of dental imperfection. The bite conditions known as malocclusions are among the most common, and they include:
- Misspaced or gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Open bite
As we age, our teeth may also become discolored or stain, or we may lose teeth due to dental trauma or poor oral health. Fortunately, there is a treatment for nearly every dental health problem.
There are a number of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry procedures designed to provide you with a beautiful smile and functional bite.
Patients with discolored or stained teeth may benefit from teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. Those who suffer from missing teeth can rejuvenate their smiles with dental implants or FOY Dentures®. Others may benefit from teeth-straightening with Invisalign®, or from a comprehensive smile makeover.
Austin, Texas, dentist Dr. Dan Matthews can help you start the New Year with a new smile. To learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options, or to schedule your checkup, please contact Dan Matthews, DDS, online or call 512-452-2273.