Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? We sure did and like most people our resolutions tend to center around improving health, improving good habits, ceasing bad ones and basically anything we can do to improve ourselves. The reality of most resolutions though is that by February we usually start losing that momentum and forget what we resolved to do. What if we had reminders of our resolutions that we could see every day that would jog our memory and push us to keep moving forward with them? Well we know one resolution you can make that can remind you every morning to keep on pushing and keep that resolve and crush your goal. Have you always wanted an improved smile? Who doesn’t? Maybe a shade or two whiter teeth, maybe a straighter smile or maybe you need serious dental work but have put it off for some time. 2018 is a perfect time for you to focus on a new smile and a new you. We have some tips on what you can do to gain that perfect smile and how to keep it that way.
Sometimes, genetics and nature need a little help. When you’re not happy with your smile it can cause other insecurities and prevent you from engaging with others as much as you as you like and as freely too. The good news is cosmetic dentistry has endless options to enhance your smile and give you the look you want. From teeth whitening to eliminating dentures using our Teeth-in-a-Day All-on-Four™ procedure, Uptown can correct any smile with various procedures. Some of the most common procedures our patients use to enhance their smile are:
- Teeth Whitening – Much stronger and more professional than the at home whitening kits you see in the grocery store; Uptown’s teeth whitening procedure helps reduce stains on your teeth that can come from numerous sources. Aging, cigarette and tobacco use, red wine, cokes, coffee and tea are all factors that can stain or dull your teeth over a period of time. Our procedure can erase the effects of such causes in just a few hours.
- Porcelain Veneers – If you have small gaps between your teeth, badly stained teeth or teeth that are misshapen and/or out of alignment our porcelain veneers may be the solution you are looking for. In some extreme cases tooth whitening just does not work, and it would be pointless to keep spending money on whitening treatments. When this is the case, veneers are your next best option. These thin porcelain shells custom fit to each one of your teeth, all attach directly. Veneers are a quick and easy fix for minor to moderate cosmetic tooth issues that don’t require reconstruction or implants.
- Dental Implants – Statistics reveal that out of adults aged 35-44, nearly 70% have lost at least one tooth due to accident, gum disease or tooth decay. As we age studies show that over 25% of adults by their mid-seventies have lost all of their teeth. Just twenty years ago there would be no other option for missing teeth but to get a fixed bridge or an awkward removable denture. While these prosthesis did restore patient’s ability to eat, speak clearly and smile, it still never felt true to nature. Now with modern implant technology we can restore your missing tooth with a permanent implant that feels and acts exactly like your own tooth. Eat what you want when you want without worry of damaging a denture or bridge, and smile like you used to.
- Teeth-in-a-Day All-on-Four™ – One of our most popular of the dental implant procedures is our full smile makeover by way of our Teeth-in-a-Day All-on-Four™ full mouth reconstruction procedure. For some patients with more severe dental issues due to traumatic injury, severe gum disease or other health issues, this is a life-changing procedure that is completed in one day. This method of smile reconstruction restores self-confidence and the ability to engage in daily activities again once hindered by dental problems.
Proactive Oral Care
While getting cosmetic services to correct many dental problems can be quite a life changer, it can only do so much if you aren’t taking good care of your teeth. Proper dental health goes beyond mere dental hygiene. The procedures you spend hard-earned money on can be nullified by bad eating habits and excessive alcohol and tobacco use just to name a couple of things. Following a regimen of healthy habits like the ones below not only will improve your overall health but it will help protect your smile for life.
Don’t Skip The Fruits And Vegetables
Eating smart is as important for your dental health as it is your heart. In fact, malnutrition can affect your immune system which can in turn increase susceptibility to numerous common health issues including gum disease. Antioxidants help fight inflammation and bacteria that cause disease and are often found in large amounts within fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. In particular, crisper fruits and raw vegetables such as celery, apples, and carrots actually help clean plaque and keep your breath fresh.
Stop Using Tobacco Products
There is no way to dance around it, using tobacco in any form harms your mouth greatly in many ways. Not only that but it discolors your teeth, increases your risk for cavities, receding gums and of course throat and lung cancer. As if that isn’t bad enough, smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. Some people may think because they use chewing tobacco (dip) or snuff, that they’re in the clear; they are flat wrong. Tobacco is just as harmful no matter what form it is consumed in, it will cause damage. The good news is however, that your health risks drop significantly the sooner you stop using tobacco in all forms.
Moderate Your Alcohol Intake
It’s ok to have a beer or a glass of wine every now and then, your heath won’t necessarily see a negative impact from that. The problem lies in when you consume alcohol in excessive amounts. Most people know the dangers of excessive alcohol intake on the liver and kidneys, but it can also increase your risk for gum recession. When you combine the fact that most people who consume alcohol in excess also smoke and/or eat poorly; it makes for a very tough time on your oral health. Do yourself a favor and cut back on the alcohol this year, your smile will thank you.
Brush At Least Twice Daily, And Floss Daily
Brushing and flossing teeth is one of the best defenses for your teeth against decay and gum disease, which is cause of course by plaque. This sticky, colorless filmy bacteria builds up on your teeth every day. If you let it build up it can harden and turn into tartar which is very hard to remove from teeth and can cause gum disease and gum recession. If you don’t engage in proper brushing and flossing, you may end up with bleeding gums, which can progress to gingivitis and, then gum disease. Keep in mind that tooth and gum disease can cause other problems in other areas of the body, so it makes oral healthcare an even more important issue to keep on top of.
Get Regular Checkups And Cleanings
When you see a dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings, you can help prevent any dental and gum disease issues before they cause discomfort or worse, require more costly and comprehensive treatment. A regular visit to your dentist allows them to keep a close eye on your oral health and address any concerns that may arise in the process.
Let Us Handle All Your Dental Needs
Whether it is for routine visits, teeth cleaning or major cosmetic dentistry; Uptown is your best solution for all your dental needs in the Houston area. We are experienced in providing dental care for patients of all ages. Our practice is committed to ensuring that your family’s dental care needs are being cared for properly and proactively.
When you visit Uptown we discuss not only your wants, but we also talk about what is needed. We discuss your home health care, your dental health hygiene habits and we discuss ways to improve it. We are that committed to ensuring the best possible dental health for you and your family, that is why we make suggestions and lifestyle tips that are positive and help boost dental hygiene and gum disease prevention. We make visiting the dentist a pleasant experience with our attentive and friendly staff that are eager to show you why we are the #1 cosmetic dentistry practice in Houston. If you have been putting off visiting the dentist, then call us today and make an appointment to see Dr. Velasco for your new smile for 2018!