Here’s how your teeth should (ideally) look

  • Posted on: May 5 2017

Think about the prettiest smile you have ever seen. Perhaps you saw a brief flash of it on a crowded New York subway line. Maybe it was the grin that first drew you to your current partner or established that celebrity crush that you maintain above all others. In truth, there’s no such thing as a perfect smile, and one of the great things about our teeth is that they are unique and set us apart from others. You are born with the smile that you have, flaws and all, and unless you make a change to it, that’s just the way it is. Still, there are tooth and oral health aspirations that you can aim for. Doing so can improve your overall well-being and make your smile more appealing to you and those around you. So, how should teeth look? Below are some of the components that make up an ideal smile.

White

As humans, we are drawn to clean, pearly, friendly smiles. Unfortunately, creating and maintaining a white smirk can be challenging for various reasons. Staining drinks, like coffee, cola, tea, and wine, can take their toll on teeth over the years. Likewise, habits like smoking and chewing tobacco can also yellow or brown enamel. One way to get back to your natural color is through in-office or take-home tooth whitening, which can make teeth considerably lighter and brighter in a matter of hours.

Cavity-free

Thanks to sugary treats and not-so-stellar hygiene routines, cavities are pretty common in our patients. However, that doesn’t mean that they are acceptable. While many cavities are tucked away in molars, some develop in more obvious locations, like at the front of the mouth, and can be painful as well as unsightly. To minimize your risk of developing cavities, it’s important to maintain a regular oral health routine with daily brushing and flossing, and to have regular exams and cleanings done by a dentist.

Aligned

Misalignment is one of the most common issues that we see in our clinics. How your teeth are aligned can be influenced by something as uncontrollable as your genetics or the arrival of wisdom teeth. While braces are the more traditional approach for adjusting crooked smiles, retainers and Invisalign are increasingly common and offer a clandestine approach to correction. Keep in mind that getting a straight smile offers more than just an aesthetic value. When teeth are lined up, it’s easier to eat and speak, as well as to clean between them.

Complete

After adult teeth have fully formed, they should be there for the rest of your life. Sometimes, however, thanks to accidents or decay, a tooth or two might need to be pulled. For some people, having these gaps can be uncomfortable. Tooth loss can lead to trouble eating or speaking–and can simply be embarrassing. In these situations, replacement teeth in the form of dentures, implants, bridges, or a hybrid combination can offer a durable and realistic-looking solution.

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