What question do you think dentists get asked the most? Do I need a root canal? Should I eat less sugar? No. The question we get asked the most is, ‘How do I get perfect teeth?’
Of course, this is one of the most challenging questions to ask. Unfortunately, ‘perfect teeth’ (white, perfectly straight teeth) are genetic. If your mum and dad have good teeth, chances are you’ll have them too.
But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things you can do to help your teeth be the best they can be.
Your teeth are no different to any other part of your body – if you treat them well, they’ll look after you too! If you lead a less than healthy lifestyle, your teeth will suffer.
The first thing you need to focus on is your diet. If you eat lots of processed, sugary and acidic foods, your teeth will become worn and yellowed. Instead, you need to focus on eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as quality sources of protein and calcium. The quality nutrients in these foods are what your teeth need to stay white and strong.
Heavy consumption of staining foods, like red wine, tea and coffee will also stain your teeth. Nicotine use will yellow your teeth. If you smoke or consume a lot of alcohol, you can’t expect to enjoy that perfect smile.
You also need to work on your inner-health. If you are stressed, or fail to get enough sleep, your oral health won’t be able to keep up. Look after yourself to look after your teeth.
Oral Health Routine
If you have a good oral health routine throughout your life, your teeth will reap the rewards. It’s essential that young children are taught a proper routine from a young age – that means brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting a dentist at least twice per year.
Brushing and flossing protect your teeth, gums and mouth from bacteria build-up and subsequent decay, disease and infection. Visiting the dentist every six months means minor issues will be noticed and treated before they get any worse. Remember, a dental visit can be the difference between a filling and having your tooth extracted.
A dental visit could also pick up another serious problem – an improper brushing action. If you brush too hard, you’ll brush away your enamel. When that happens, your teeth will weaken and start to yellow.
Cosmetic Techniques For The Perfect Teeth
As mentioned above, the perfect teeth are a genetic gift. Despite your best efforts, your teeth may be crooked, gappy, yellow or oddly shaped. Of course, that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the teeth of your dreams.
Here are some cosmetic procedures you can turn to if you want to improve your teeth:
- Digital Smile Design: If you want to improve your teeth, the first thing you should do is book in for a digital smile design. Your dentist can take a photo and digitally-alter it to show how you will look following a cosmetic treatment. This step is vital in helping you to assess your investment.
- Crowns: If you have any cracked, chipped or weakened teeth, you can add a crown to restore it to its former glory. Crowns look exactly like a tooth, and they restore full function to your mouth. CEREC technology means you can have a crown shaped and fitted in just one appointment.
- Dental Implants: A missing tooth is one of the most severe and obvious cosmetic issues. To have perfect teeth, you need to actually have teeth and implants are the best method for replacing your missing chompers.
- Teeth Whitening: Some tooth yellowing is unavoidable. If your teeth aren’t as white as you’d like them to be, professional whitening is an effective and proven method. You’ll see results after one session, and with the at-home treatment, you can maintain the results.
- Veneers: Veneers can be used to treat a range of dental issues. If your teeth are misshapen, gappy, crooked, chipped or have yellowed to the point where tooth whitening isn’t an option, veneers are perfect. They act as a second set of teeth, which are shaped to look completely natural.
- All On 4: If you have lost, or will lose a number of teeth or have ill fitting dentures then All on 4 implants will be your best option. A full set of teeth can be fixed on 4 implants.