As an adult, you are not immune to dental problems. In addition to maintaining a good home care routine, the best thing you can do is to schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. You also have a variety of cosmetic options available, including dental crowns, whitening and bonding , veneers, dental implants.
Cosmetic dentistry is a method of professional oral care that focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth and smile. And although cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective, rather than essential, some cases of treatment also provide restorative benefits.
As we get older, dental care for adults is crucial. Here are some of the conditions to be aware of:
Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. Gum recession is both a cosmetic and oral health concern, often caused by periodontal disease that has progressed and affected the bone in the jaw. Healthy gums rely on healthy bone structure.
Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup.
Dental fillings break down-When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and bacteria can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Dental tips: to get the most positive results from your experience with your cosmetic dentist, communicate clearly, from the beginning, and have a good understanding of what you want from your smile. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What shade of white do I want my teeth to be: a natural shade or a whiter-than-white shade or somewhere in between?
- Am I satisfied with the amount of teeth showing when my lips are relaxed and when I smile?
- Am I looking for perfectly aligned teeth or am I happy with slight variations?
- Am I happy with the amount of gum that shows when I smile?