8 Ways to Get the Smile You Want
Taking steps to preserve your oral health or selecting a procedure that will correct flaws and imperfections in your teeth are good ways to get the smile you want. Here are basic tips from Dr. Sam Saleh of Ora Dentistry Spa in Beverly Hills along with a description of procedures that can last for years when performed by a qualified health professional.
- Eat and Drink Right
Food and beverages affect your teeth. Sugary foods and carbonated drinks are among the causes for producing bacteria that produce acids that slowly dissolve and damage the teeth.
Eat foods like dark, green leafy vegetables with plenty of calcium and other nutrients.
- Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water and if your mouth is feeling dry then chew a piece of sugarless gum to cause saliva to flow. The American Dental Hygienists Association refers to saliva in an online pamphlet as “your mouth’s most powerful natural defense against [tooth] decay.”
Saliva contains bicarbonate, calcium, and phosphate so it not only reduces the damage that acid can do, but it also helps repair your teeth.
- Brush Properly
Full hygiene instructions are available through Ora Dentistry Spa’s oral hygiene instructions to patients. Gentle circles and avoiding the gum when brushing helps remove harmful bacteria that will lead to tooth decay.
Floss at least twice a day: once in the morning after breakfast and once at night before going to bed. The benefits of flossing have been called into question but Dr. Saleh says flossing is always one of the ways to help patients who have inflammation of the gums.
- Visit the Dentist for Regular Cleanings
Regularly scheduled visits to the dentist for cleanings reveal if any changes have occurred to the teeth, the mouth and possibly other parts of the body. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body and is often overlooked when it comes to personal wellness.
- Teeth Whitening
Teeth grow increasingly yellow with age. Drinks like coffee and tea and habits like smoking can stain teeth badly. Professional teeth whitening is often the best and only solution to restore them and create that smile that fits with your facial complexion.
Ora Dentistry Spa’s Zoom laser whitening system is a photochemical process activated by plasma light and can be used to match teeth to crown and bridge work.
- No Prep Veneers and Porcelain veneers
A no prep veneer is applied directly to the teeth with no shaving of the enamel. There is also no staining or discoloration.
A porcelain veneer, as thin as a contact lens, keeps the natural tooth structure intact and fulfills a variety of needs. It can close gaps and cover stained, chipped, or cracked teeth.
When a veneer is placed correctly then it can last for decades.
Adults who want to straighten their teeth should consider Invisalign. Unlike braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible. It’s great for straight, beautiful teeth, without getting extra attention.
Preventative care is always important and will preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Certain procedures can last for years and decades and restore a smile to its original beauty.