Prepare Your Holiday Smile

Cosmetic_DentistThe popular song tells us that the holidays are the “most wonderful time of the year,” and many people look forward to November and December because of the many parties there are to attend, the special foods available at this time of year, and all the photos that are taken at family gatherings. However, if you’re struggling with discomfort or appearance issues related to your teeth or gums, these same activities can cause stress or embarrassment.

Here are several conditions that your cosmetic dentist can help you resolve, so that you can bring a beautiful, pain-free smile to holiday gatherings.

Dentures that don’t fit properly. When all of the teeth are removed from a jaw, the body “takes back” some of the bone from the jaw, a process known as resorption. This may cause changes in how one’s dentures fit. Your cosmetic dentist can reline your dentures, making it easier to speak, chew and smile.

Gum disease. Periodontal disease can happen at any age, but it is frequently seen in older adults, who may be suffering from the results of years of plaque deposits on teeth, use of tobacco products, poor-fitting bridges and dentures, poor diets, etc. Treatments can range from scaling and root planing to oral surgery.

Stained teeth. No one likes to show off a smile full of dingy-colored teeth. In-office teeth whitening can solve this problem quickly and is one of the safest and most reliable routes to a brighter smile.

Crooked or misshapen teeth. A cosmetic dentist can apply porcelain veneers to your teeth – by removing a small amount of enamel and replacing it with a natural-looking, durable surface – and make them appear straighter, whiter and more beautiful.

Changes in the appearance of your dental bridge. If you’ve had a bridge for a significant amount of time, your gums can recede, revealing parts of the device meant to be hidden from the eyes of others. Tooth decay in the natural tooth that anchors the bridge can also weaken the device. Bridges can be replaced if the anchor tooth is still healthy, or dental implants can be considered to replace missing teeth.

“You don’t have to say ‘no’ to invitations to holiday gatherings because of dental issues,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix. “Make an appointment to address them today and enjoy the season with confidence.”




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