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Understand the Most Common Dental Services to Help You Get a Great Smile

Updated on November 13, 2016

Have you always dreamed of having that perfect smile? Well it's high time to stop seeing your dentist only when there's a problem and start giving your teeth well-deserved regular care. After all, It’s always better to be prepared, right?

Getting a great white smile is not an easy thing to do and it’s most certainly not something you can achieve overnight. But there are a few things you can do on your own to improve your smile, like doing some facial exercises—smiling while you’re puckering, for example! Or stretching the corners of your mouth laterally while keeping your lips together (pro tip: try to hold it for at least 10 seconds then repeat a few times). These simple tricks, along with thousands of other dental-related news and blogs, should help ensure a truly great smile.

Then again, there ARE some things that only your dentist can do. Here is a list of some of the most common dental services that you can totally benefit from.

1. Teeth Cleaning

This is perhaps one of the most basic procedures that you can get done at the dentist’s office. It’s an essential part of keeping your mouth healthy as brushing your own teeth can’t always get rid of the small food debris stuck between them.

Teeth cleanings remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. And this is a good thing because too much of these bad boys can eventually lead to a more serious problem like gum disease. These can also hasten the formation of tooth decay which in turn can ruin the enamel.

2. Teeth Whitening

While teeth are naturally yellowish in color, the problem occurs when they start to look too yellow, resulting in a not-so-pretty sight. The good thing is that there have been major... Just imagine having pearly white teeth that flash when you smile!

3. Dental Implants

Sometimes teeth are beyond saving, they have to be removed. Do not fret because these can be replaced through dental implants. Implants are usually used to replace missing teeth, fill gaps, and to fix poorly fitting dentures. Implants also ensure that dentures and bridges do not slip.

4. Teeth Straightening

Not all of us are born with perfectly aligned teeth. But fortunately, there are teeth straightening procedures that help correct crooked or overcrowded teeth. The most common way to do it is by fitting a fixed or removable brace, however the downside to it is that these braces are visible. Everybody knows you’re wearing them. Unless of course you want them to know, this may not be the solution that you want. An alternative is Invisalign, comfortable, removable, and nearly invisible aligners that perform the same job.

5. Crowns and Veneers

Now when it comes to restoring badly damaged teeth, veneers and crowns are your best bet. Veneers are custom-made shells used to cover and change the shape of the teeth, while crowns (AKA dental/tooth caps) protect and strengthen weakened teeth.

When looking to have crowns and veneers, make sure that your dentist has the proper dental laboratory equipment to ensure the perfect fit for your teeth.

Always Ask Your Dentist First

It's always best to consult with your dentist first before committing to any of these dental procedures. Not only will this save you time and money, you will most certainly end up with the best treatment option—which is crucial to achieving that perfect smile you've always wanted.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting tour of reasons to visit the dentist. My dental surgery sends a message for me to visit every six months and I do it, because our teeth and digestion are important, but oh, dear! Why does it have to be so expensive?