Having bad teeth may make you feel discouraged. Your teeth play an important role in your health, meaning they also play an important role in your overall quality of life. Having bad teeth can affect your confidence and your ability to enjoy life worry-free.
There are many reasons that might make someone feel their teeth are bad. For you it could be that your only problem is the way your teeth look, but perhaps you have bigger problems, like teeth that regularly break, or start to decay. Luckily there are solutions to these problems. And no matter why you feel your teeth are bad, your dentist will be able to help you fix them.
How to Fix An Unattractive Smile
If your teeth are crooked, discolored or misshapen, one of the best options available to you is getting porcelain veneers. Veneers are a good choice if your teeth aren’t prone to decay and you maintain good dental hygiene (meaning you brush twice daily and floss often).
The procedure for getting veneers doesn’t take long, but it is permanent. So if you get veneers, you’ll never be able to have them permanently removed without replacing them.
To get veneers, you can contact your local prosthodontist to book an appointment where you discuss the procedure. Prosthodontists are dentists who specialize in areas of dentistry that are closely related to aesthetic dentistry, so a prosthodontist is a good choice for any cosmetic dental work.
After your initial appointment with your prosthodontist, you’ll go in the have the veneers placed. During the procedure, your dentist will remove a thin layer from the surface of your teeth. This is so the veneers will fit in your mouth, it’s also why getting veneers is considered a permanent procedure. You can’t have veneers permanently removed because your teeth will no longer be the same without them.
Once a thin layer is removed from each tooth, your dentist will fit the veneers onto them.
How to Fix Unhealthy Teeth That Decay
If your teeth are prone to breaking, rotting or even falling out, the challenge you face will make you feel discouraged. It’s difficult to feel like your dental hygiene isn’t within your control.
The good news is that you can help yourself by getting informed on this problem! There are a number of good dental healthy practices that will help minimize and prevent your problems, these include:
• Good dental hygiene: Brushing, flossing and maybe even using mouthwash after every meal helps prevent decay considerably.
• Avoid sweet foods: This doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat sweet things, but if you indulge in excessive amounts of sweet foods and drinks, this will have an impact on your dental health.
• Avoid acidic foods: Acid causing foods, like coffee and soda (as well as any food that tastes very sour) eats away at your tooth enamel and causes decay.
• Avoid a dry mouth: Did you know that when your mouth is dry, it actually causes teeth to wear away? To help prevent your mouth from drying out, you should avoid drinking too much alcohol and drink plenty of water. Some drugs, like anti-histamines can cause your mouth to be dry, so it’s wise to avoid taking them if it’s not absolutely necessary, especially if you take them often. However, if your doctor prescribed any medicine that can be associated with dental problems, including anti-histamines, you should take these medicines as prescribed, or return to your doctor to discuss alternatives.
These are the things you can do to prevent further damage to your teeth as much as possible. But if have tooth decay you need to fix, the above guidelines won’t be enough. You’ll need to visit your dentist for help and advice regarding how to fix your teeth.
Depending on the current state of your teeth, your dentist is likely to advise the following treatments to fix your teeth:
• Fillings: In cases that aren’t too advanced yet, your dentist will be able to fix your teeth by placing fillings.
• Crowns: Teeth that are too decayed and damaged to support fillings can often still be fixed with dental crowns. In severe cases, dentists can even place a crown when there’s very little of your tooth left besides a healthy root.
• Extraction and replacement: This is the worst case scenario. Your dentist might recommend extraction and replacement, in which case you can replace your teeth with either dentures or all-on-4 dental implants. While dental implants are better, both options will be better for your than living with bad teeth.
Living with bad teeth can be cause a lot of emotional pain, especially if you’re scared to lose your teeth. But it should comfort you to realize that a good dentist would never recommend extraction and replacement unless it isn’t what they truly believe is the best option to improve your overall quality of life.