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Invest In a Beautiful Smile This Fall

The days are getting shorter, school is back in session and a new football season has begun. Fall is in the air, ushering in cooler weather, sweaters and changing leaves. While you may enjoy the fall shading of the setting sun or the vibrant yellows, oranges and reds of the changing leaves, the yellow hue and tint of your teeth or the glaring gaps in your beautiful smile from lost teeth are things you’d rather not look at and enjoy the sight of.

Fall is a time some people choose to start afresh as their kids go back to school for another school year. Kids often go back to school with a new haircut, clothing and school supplies and a clean bill of health. This is a great time for you to put some time into yourself and give yourself a fresh, new look.

Your smile is one of your most defining characteristics. Nobody else has your smile. If you find your smile is yellow, marred with gaps from missing teeth or has an overbite due to crooked teeth or jaw alignment issues, you likely won’t be showing off your gorgeous smile.

At LeDowns Dentistry, we believe your whole family should have a great-looking, healthy smile. While you may bring your kids in for their six month dental cleaning and check-up, you may put your own oral health on hold. Now that kids are back in school, why not schedule an appointment for yourself to enhance your smile?

We offer a variety of preventative and restorative dental services to give you the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve. Some of our most popular services include teeth whitening, crowns, and porcelain fillings. Many patients only need one of these services to bring back that healthy-looking, youthful, vibrant smile from decades past. A dental check-up is the first step in determining what dental work your smile needs to make it look amazing.

Full Mouth Restoration

For some patients, any of the aforementioned procedures by themselves won’t be able to fully treat and restore their smile to its former beauty and youthfulness. For these patients more than one dental procedure will be necessary. When multiple procedures are done, this is called a full mouth restoration. With this dental procedure, the appearance of a patient’s teeth and gums are changed dramatically. With full mouth restorations, it is not uncommon for crowns, bridges, onlays, inlays, fillings and implants to be utilized. In many cases, a full mouth restoration will require multiple visits to our office. In some instances, such as when fillings and professional teeth whitening are needed, a full mouth restoration can be completed within one day.

Whether you need an in-office teeth whitening to eliminate that worn, unappealing look to your smile or you need a more extensive full mouth restoration that requires fillings and crowns to prevent further worsening of cavities and inlays to smooth out or fill gaps between your front teeth, fall is a great time to get your beautiful, healthy smile back.

If you’re tired of your discolored, crooked, painful or gapped smile, contact us today to schedule an appointment. A full mouth restoration may be what you need to take years of wear and tear off your smile and restore it to its beautiful, healthy, vibrant youthfulness.

Fall is the time for your smile to look great. Let us at LeDowns Dentistry help give you the smile you want and deserve by taking that first step in contacting us today to schedule an appointment.

How to Pack a Lunch That Helps Your Teeth

The long hours in the office can sap your energy fairly quickly, so much so that all you want to do when you get home is to collapse on the couch. If you have kids, the start of the school year brings a new level of chaos and busyness to your schedule. In the midst of the exhaustion and busyness, healthy and nutritious lunches go by the wayside in place of sugary, starchy, ready to eat lunch packs that have little to no nutritional value and can take a toll on your pocketbook.

You may have tried to make yourself healthy lunches in the past, such as salads only to go off-course by driving to the fast-food burger place a mile down the street. When it comes to your children, you try to encourage healthy eating, but shopping for nutritious lunch items they will actually eat only adds to your exhaustion. The busier your schedule gets, the more convenient, unhealthy lunch foods sound appealing.

Oral health is important for your whole family, yourself included. Whether you’re going to the office or taking the kids to school, there are easy ways to pack a lunch that helps your teeth (and won’t break the bank).

Carbohydrates

For a while, carbohydrates were shunned by dieters who believed these starches were heavy contributors to obesity.

Your body, however, needs carbohydrates for energy. These “good” carbohydrates help you and your children to physically and mentally get through the day. These kinds of carbohydrates are found in whole wheat products such as breads, tortillas, bagels, pita bread, brown rice and quinoa.

It is the “bad” carbohydrates you need to avoid. These are heavy starches that contribute to weight gain and heart problems. “Bad” carbohydrates are found in white bread, pastries, and rice.

Some lunch ideas include using whole wheat bread, tortillas or pita bread and make your favorite sandwich. An alternative lunch could be soup mixed with brown rice or quinoa or even grilled vegetables mixed with brown rice or quinoa.

Protein

Protein is necessary to keep one’s muscles healthy and strong. Protein comes from a variety of sources including meats and dairy products. Sandwiches with lean meat such as chicken or turkey make for great tasting sandwiches that are also packed with protein. In addition to the protein found in the lunch meat, a stick of string cheese and a handful of nuts on the side can add to one’s protein intake.

Healthy Fats

Despite what various diets say about fats and people’s avoidance of fats, certain fats are important and necessary for proper body functioning. The brain and eyes are two parts of the body that greatly benefit from the consumption of healthy fats. Leftover fish from dinner, a handful of nuts and using avocado on one’s sandwich instead of mayonnaise can help your body get those healthy fats.

Calcium

Your teeth are like bones in that they need calcium to remain strong and hard. In addition, your teeth are anchored to your body via the jawbones, which are made of bone tissue. Calcium helps keeps the jawbone strong to keep supporting the teeth. Calcium is found in dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese. Low-fat varieties of these dairy products help avoid the consumption of “bad” fats. Yogurt also has phosphates in it that is essential for the remineralization of teeth. Vitamins A and C also have calcium. Apples, bananas and oranges are some fruits that have these vitamins. While citrus does have important and essential vitamins and minerals, they should be consumed in moderation as their acidic juice destroys tooth enamel. Salad and streamed vegetables are other sources of calcium-rich vitamins A and C.

Fiber

Many fresh vegetables that include fiber are hard and crunchy, which act as great toothbrushes. The act of chewing celery, carrots, pepper and broccoli produce saliva, which is the body’s built-in natural mouthwash and the chewing also prevents food particles from getting stuck and lodged on and between teeth. Raw veggies with hummus is a great way for you and your kids to get much needed fiber.

Besides raw vegetables, hard, crunchy nuts also provide the body with fiber and result in the same saliva production and chewing that keeps food particles from sticking to teeth. Nuts also contain vitamin D that helps keep teeth healthy and strong.

If you or your children are craving something sweet, there are many crunchy, juicy fruits that also contain fiber and other nutritious vitamins and minerals. Apples and raw pears stimulate saliva production and helps neutralize enamel destroying acid.

The best way you and your family dental health can start off on the right foot is through regular, twice yearly dental exams and check-ups. If it has been longer than six months since your family’s last visit to our office, or you haven’t yet made a back to school dental check-up for your kids, contact us at LeDowns Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

Snacking for Your Smile

It’s a Tuesday and you’re trying to get through another long day at work. To satisfy your boredom and/or tiredness, you whip out your pack of almonds and maybe a small bag of pretzels or an individual package of cookies. You decide to save your big bag of M&M’s for later in the afternoon.

You know that your snack choices aren’t the healthiest. However, it is all you have. Plus, eating fruits and vegetables don’t seem appetizing.

Your body needs food for fuel. When you’re hungry, you can’t focus on your work. Snacking, therefore, must not be that bad. Right?

There has been quite a bit of discussion about whether snacking throughout the day is good or detrimental to your health. In addition, the constant daily snacking is a subject of debate among dentists concerning oral health.

Despite the contention around snacking, the habit of snacking isn’t detrimental to your oral or overall health. Rather, it’s what you choose to eat for snacks that can either benefit or hurt your health.

In the above example, all the snack foods, except for the almonds, contain sugar.

Sugar and starches (simple carbohydrates) are two ingredients one must be sure to avoid or limit.

Bacteria inside the mouth love sugar and starches because they can be quickly broken down. When food particles that contain sugar and starches are broken down, there is a filmy byproduct that is left behind that covers the teeth and gums. It is this film that will eventually turn into plaque if not cleaned off or rinsed off.

If you need to snack during the day, practice “smart snacking.” This type of snacking incorporates choosing healthier snacks and keeping one’s mouth clean between snacks.

When it comes to snacks that are great for oral, and overall health, try the following:

  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Melons
  • Pineapple
  • Pears
  • Tangerines
  • Fruit and vegetable juices (unsweetened, of course)
  • Low or non-fat milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and cheese
  • Sliced meats
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Nuts

Besides snacks that are high in sugar and starches, snacks that are sticky, chewy and gooey should also be avoided as they can easily coat one’s teeth with germs and bacteria.

Other Smart Snacking Tips

  • Eat sweets right after a main meal
  • Avoid snacking too many times per day
  • Brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth after each snack
  • Use floss or a flosser after snacking
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a variety of low or non-fat foods

While you may crave a piece of pizza or a packet of Skittles over some carrot or celery sticks, intentionally choosing healthy, low or non-sugar snacks will not only satisfy your hunger cravings, but you’ll also be boosting your oral and overall health.

Regular, adequate oral hygiene is also a great way you can improve your oral hygiene. Properly brushing your teeth, flossing and seeing one of the dentists at LeDowns Dentistry for regular oral examinations and cleaning in addition to a healthy, balanced diet will help ensure good oral health.

If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Psychological & Emotional Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

Ask anyone and you’d likely hear that they would prefer a bright, white beautiful smile over a yellow, discolored one. A beautiful smile is pleasant to look at and enhances one’s appearance. In fact, if you think about, have you noticed that those who are happy and confident of their smiles aren’t afraid to show them off while those who are embarrassed and self-conscious of their smiles tend to hide them?

There are deep-down, psychological and emotional forces behind this tendency to show off a beautiful smile and hide an unpleasant-looking one.

Psychological Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

Professional success. A smile may not seem to correspond to one’s professional ambitions. After all, if one puts in the hours and work, it would make sense that he or she becomes a more valuable employee who gets the attention of the boss. However, studies have shown that those who regularly smile at work are seen as more confident and charismatic. Because of these qualities, they are more likely to get promotions into more leadership roles. Similarly, those who smile and communicate during an interview are more likely to get a second interview or get hired than those who hide their smile.

If one is ambitious and dedicated to pursuing a career, the journey will be less stressful, frustrating, and discouraging if he or she has a beautiful smile they are proud to show off.

A happier and healthier life. With a beautiful smile, one is more likely to smile, laugh and communicate with others. This not only makes one more approachable, friendlier and more fun to be around, but it also improves one’s attitude, mood and outlook. When one has a positive attitude, mood and outlook, one is less likely to experience as much stress and more likely to have more peace and be relaxed. Being more relaxed enables one to be able to think more clearly, gain a different perspective and make better decisions.

Improved peace of mind. An ugly smile often has an unpleasant cause such as tooth decay or gum disease of inadequate or improper oral hygiene. Having a constant fear that your teeth and gums are in poor health and that one perpetrated their condition through a lack of care can cause one to feel ashamed and embarrassed. If there is pain or discomfort associated with a poor smile, one may be constantly worrying about the deteriorating condition of their teeth and gums. A beautiful smile on the other hand can spare one of the shame and worry as they know that their great-looking mouth reflects a healthy mouth.

Emotional Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

A beautiful smile also has emotional benefits as well including:

Higher self-esteem. When one has a beautiful smile, they are proud of it and will show it off. Conversely, if your smile isn’t as great as you’d like, it can be easy for you to dwell on the flaws and hide your smile. Those who are not only content with how their smile looks, but are proud of their unique smile, will appear more confident, engaged, content and friendly. They are proud to smile and show the world their inner beauty and will be more likely to embrace and compliment the unique beauty of others.

Better relationships. It can be emotionally draining and discouraging to try and make friends or date people who don’t like you. If you’ve ever wondered what makes people avoid you or not engage with you, maybe you should check the condition of your smile and the frequency at which you smile. People are drawn to those who smile and laugh and appear easy-going, friendly, engaged and funny. If one is embarrassed of their smile and don’t reveal it, he or she can come off as being cold, unfriendly, aloof and boring.

The appearance of a beautiful smile has many underlying benefits including psychological and emotional ones. At LeDowns Dentistry, we want every patient to have a beautiful smile that they are proud to show off. Proper oral hygiene is the best way to get that amazing smile and begin to feel great about yourself. Regular visits to our office for a cleaning and examination every six months is an important part of proper oral care. If it has been longer than six months since your last dental appointment, contact us today to schedule an appointment and get that beautiful smile.

Why Enamel Breaks Down and How You Can Prevent It

Your teeth are some of the strongest things in your body. They chomp your food, keep your mouth structured, and even help you talk. But do you know what keeps your teeth so strong? Teeth are made up of several different parts, included strong roots and tough dentin. However, the part of your tooth that is the strongest is the enamel.

Enamel covers the crowns of your teeth, and it’s the hardest substance in your entire body. Pretty amazing, right? Unfortunately, much like any other part in your body, if you don’t take care of your enamel, it can begin to decay and break down.

Enamel doesn’t regenerate, so it’s especially important that you take good care of it. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why enamel breaks down and the ways you can prevent it.

Drinking Too Much Soda

By now, most people know how dangerous soft drinks can be to their bodies. However, many people don’t realize that they can also destroy your teeth. Soft drinks—and other drinks like fruit juices—contain high amounts of acid, both citric and phosphoric. High levels of such acid in your mouth leads directly to enamel erosion.

Acid Reflux

If you have acid reflux or other gastrointestinal problems like frequent vomiting, you may also experience enamel break down. Like with soda, these gastrointestinal problems can raise the overall acid content in your mouth.

Unhealthy Oral Hygiene Habits

Not taking care of your teeth properly is another thing that can lead to the breakdown of your enamel. Plaque and tartar build up leads first to cavities and, if left alone long enough, can lead to greater enamel decay. Other poor oral habits like grinding your teeth or chewing on ice can lead to enamel decay.

Dry Mouth

If you suffer from dry mouth syndrome, you may start to eventually experience enamel decay. Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva, which leads to a higher acidic content.

Genetics

Unfortunately, enamel decay can be caused simply by your own genetic makeup. There’s no way to really prevent your enamel from breaking down if it’s caused by genetics.

How You Can Prevent Enamel Breakdown

So, now that you know what causes enamel decay, how can you prevent it? As with many things in the oral health world, extra attention and care can go a long way with preventing your enamel from breaking down.

If you’re worried about your enamel, try following these methods of prevention:

  • Lessen your soft drink intake – Soda is one of the main causes behind enamel decay, so it’s best to limit the amount you drink. Also try to avoid over-consuming juice drinks that have high concentrations of citric acid.
  • Take care of your teeth – Creating and maintaining a solid oral hygiene routine can prevent many problems with enamel erosion. Brush at least two times a day and floss at least once a day to prevent plaque and tartar from building up and eroding your teeth’s enamel.
  • See your dentist – If your especially worried about enamel decay, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with your dentist. During the appointment, you can learn more ways to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

It’s Never Too Late to Restore Your Smile

Patients who have got a few more years under their belts often feel reluctant to visit the dentist. At this point in your life, your teeth and gums have been through a lot, and you may feel embarrassed by the current state of your smile, or you may just believe that your teeth are too far gone to come back.

It’s not uncommon for some patients to believe that that nothing can be done to regain that bright, vibrant, healthy smile you had when you were younger.

A lot of these conditions are a natural part of aging, but we’re here to tell you that it’s never too late to fully restore your smile.

The Aging Process and How It Impacts Your Dental Health

There are undesirable changes that happen in the mouth as we age. Seniors are at high risk of cavities and gum disease due to naturally receding gums, brittle teeth and dry mouth (which is a common side-effect of many medications seniors take for other health issues).

In addition, because the muscles of the heart weaken with age, older dental patients are more sensitive to analgesics and local anesthetics. This can make it more difficult for certain dental procedures to be done.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Restore Your Smile

When you think of cosmetic dentistry, you may believe it is only for patients younger than yourself. While cosmetic solutions are certainly popular for patients in their thirties through sixties, there is nothing saying that older patients can’t take advantage of our services to get a younger, healthier-looking smile.

In fact, cosmetic dentistry is becoming more popular amongst senior patients. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more popular conditions and solutions for seniors.

Tooth discoloration is common as we age because tooth enamel continues to break down over time. Professional teeth whitening can restore and bring back to life the faded smile of age.

Teeth whitening can brighten teeth by many shades, so senior patients have the option for a subtle or more vibrantly white smile.

For senior patients with deep, stubborn stains, bonding may be a more appropriate whitening treatment. With bonding, a tooth-colored substance is applied over the stained area of a tooth. This is also an effective treatment to relieve tooth sensitivity and to cover small cracks or chips in the teeth.

Weakened enamel is another common problem. As is the shifting of teeth due to lost teeth and deteriorating jaw bones. Many patients also have teeth with cracks, chips, form striations and other misshapen teeth. To recreate a younger-looking smile that is straight and full of smooth, strong teeth, thin sheets of porcelain that cover affected teeth called veneers can help.

In other cases, the many years of use, or the onset of excessive decay, or even the unfortunate results of some trauma, has left many patients without some of their teeth. Many patients believe that their only option left is a set of dentures.

Dentures have traditionally been a hallmark of advanced age. Modern dentures, however, have greatly improved from those in the past. Today, denture patients can have permanent dentures thanks to dental implants.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw bone and are topped with a natural-looking ceramic crown. Because these posts are directly inserted into the jaw bone, they are secure and stable, providing excellent support for dentures.

With implant-supported dentures, patients can bite, chew, smile and talk with confidence. Unlike traditional dentures that must be taken out for eating and overnight cleaning, implant-supported dentures can withstand great force, enabling them to stay in the mouth.

How LeDowns Dentistry Can Help

At LeDowns Dentistry, we want healthy and great-looking smiles for all our patients, no matter their age. We believe that it’s never too late to restore one’s smile or fix old dental work and we offer the services that can help bring back the life and youthfulness of your smile.

To learn more about the cosmetic dental services we offer seniors, feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment.

The Makings of Dental Crowns & Implants

Dental implants have been a saving grace for smiles ruined by tooth loss caused by tooth decay, trauma, age, and gum disease. These dental crowns and appliances have become a popular avenue by which patients can resurrect their formerly beautiful smiles.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are commonly used to replace a missing adult or permanent tooth. While baby or primary teeth fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth, adult teeth aren’t replaced once they fall out or are extracted.

The resulting gap in one’s smile not only looks bad, but it can weaken the underlying gum and bone tissue and cause neighboring teeth to shift out of proper alignment and placement.

Dental implants, therefore, are used to restore the look of the smile and to preserve the stability of the jaw and maintain proper bite and teeth alignment. Dental implants are commonly used to “replace” single missing teeth, though they are now used to anchor dental bridgework and dentures.

Implants are comprised of three parts: the post, the abutment, and the dental crowns. The post is a titanium screw that is inserted directly into the gums/jaw. The implant post provides the stability of the implant and securely affixes it to the mouth.

The abutment is a small metallic part that is attached to the top of the post. It is on top of the abutment that the crown, or “fake tooth” is attached, affixing it to the post.

The crown is a realistic, tooth-like component made of either porcelain or resin. The dental crowns are made specifically for each patient, matching the color, size, and shape of the patient’s other teeth and mouth.

It typically takes multiple dental office trips for implants to be fully inserted. The post, abutment and a temporary crown are typically applied in the first appointment. X-rays and other images of the mouth and teeth will be done in order to get the proper measurements and coloring for the crown.

The crown is often made by hand in an off-site dental laboratory and can take many weeks to be sent back to the dental office. The patient will return to the dental office after the crown is finished and the dentist will place it on the abutment after removing the temporary crown.

 

The Makings of Dental Implants

As mentioned earlier, dental implants are made of three components: a post, an abutment, and a crown. The post and abutments are made of titanium and are manufactured off-site. Titanium has become the standard material for dental implants because of the alloy’s unique biocompatibility properties.

What this means is that the body’s immune system won’t attack the implant post nor fight the tissue damage caused by the insertion of the post into the gums/jaw. Instead, the cells of the body will grow around the post and absorb it like it was part of the body. Titanium’s biocompatibility results in fewer allergic reactions and infections and quicker healing.

The crown is made either of composite resin or porcelain. It is the same thing as a crown that fits over a tooth with a large cavity. The shading of the patient’s teeth will be noted as the crown is to look like the rest of the patient’s natural teeth. X-rays and 3-D scanning of the patient’s mouth, bite and teeth will be done to ensure the proper size and shape of the crown.

The shading color and size dimensions along with the desired crown composition material will be sent to an off-site dental laboratory where the unique crown will be made by hand and then returned to the dental office. It takes roughly six weeks for the crown to be made and returned to the dental office.

Porcelain dental crowns tend to be more expensive and more vulnerable to chipping, but they offer a more natural light reflection and shine than composite does. Composite resin crowns are more affordable and more resistant to chipping. Both options give the wearer a realistic-looking tooth.

 

What LeDowns Dentistry Can Do For You

At LeDowns Dentistry, we offer patients high-quality dental implants that will rejuvenate and restore their smiles. While dental implants are great solutions for most patients, they may not work for others. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our dental specialists to discuss how dental implants can improve your smile.

Signs You Have a Healthy Smile

When you think of a healthy smile, you envision a mouth full of bright, white teeth free of cavities and gum disease. All the teeth are straight and smooth. You want teeth like that. If you did, you would know that your mouth has optimum health. Are all the signs of your dental health visible?

There are both visible and invisible signs that your teeth and gums are healthy.

The Visible Signs of a Healthy Smile

White teeth, free of excessive staining. Teeth naturally turn a yellow color with age. Teeth that are excessively yellow or have yellow or dark portions can indicate tooth decay.

Teeth that are straight and do not appear excessively long. Crooked teeth are harder to take care of and are more likely to have tooth decay. Against the common myth, teeth don’t “get longer” as one ages. Teeth will appear “longer” when the gums are receding. Gum recess is a sign of gum disease.

Gums that are firm and a pale pink color. Gums that are white, dark pink or red indicate the presence of inflammation and possible gum disease.

Gums that aren’t recessed too low. The gums should recede no more than 3 millimeters from the bottom of the teeth.

A smooth, pink tongue. The tongue has thousands of papillae on the surface which allows for the tongue to detect taste and temperature of food. In and around these sensors are places where germs and bacteria accumulate. Proper tongue cleaning will remove the white film that decayed food particles leave behind. Canker sores or red patches on the tongue can indicate a potentially serious health condition such as diabetes or cancer.

An aligned bite. The teeth on the top jaw and bottom jaw are to align so that the wear and pressure of biting and chewing will be evenly distributed. A misaligned bite is not only a sign of an unhealthy mouth, but it can also cause other problems like ear aches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Invisible Signs of a Healthy Mouth

The absence of tooth sensitivity. One of the hallmark symptoms of tooth disease is tooth sensitivity. If your teeth are pain-free and free of sensitivity, chances are they are healthy and don’t have cavities.

Fresh breath. It can be hard to have fresh breath all the time. In the mornings everyone’s breath is less than pleasant. Persistent bad breath even after brushing, flossing and using mouth wash can indicate disease and decay. If your breath is fresh, it means there is nothing decaying in your mouth.

A mouth free of pain and discomfort. Pain is the body’s way of letting you know something isn’t right. A mouth that is pain-free is one that is in proper working condition.

A mouth that is moist. A healthy mouth will be naturally moist with saliva. This is the body’s built-in mouth wash. A dry mouth provides a more hospitable environment for germs, bacteria and eventually plaque to grow and accumulate.

A healthy mouth goes beyond just “skin deep.” There are both visible and invisible signs of a healthy mouth. Even if you have all the signs of a healthy mouth, there could possibly be some underlying oral health concerns that only a trained eye of a dental professional will be able to recognize. This is why it is important to see us at LeDowns Dentistry every six months for a professional teeth cleaning and oral examination. At-home oral hygiene isn’t enough to achieve or maintain a healthy mouth. You also need the regular check-up by a dental professional.

A healthy mouth is a beautiful mouth. If it has been more than six months since your last dental office visit, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Your New Year’s Resolution Should Include Getting a Great Smile

It’s a brand new year, and a great time to look back at 2018 and see what we’ve accomplished and look forward and set new goals for all the great things we want to do in the next 12 months.

Of course, New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep. We go into them with the very best of intentions, but tend to lose interest and motivation all too quickly.

However, if there’s one resolution we can unreservedly recommend it’s this: To get and maintain a great smile.

Why is this such an important resolution?

Let’s just consider some of the benefits of a simple smile.

First, there are physical benefits. A smile can help you look younger (actually proven in studies) and feel better. People who smile a lot seem to have lower stress-hormone levels, and that leads to a number of other health benefits.

There are also a number of psychological benefits. A smile can help improve your mood – for that matter, it can help boost others’ moods. For you, a smile tells your brain that there is a reason to be happy, so it will accommodate you by releasing some natural “feel good” chemicals. But it’s also important to note that a smile is literally contagious. The more you smile, the more others will want to smile back.

Finally, there are many social benefits to sharing your smile. People often report improved work situations and better relationships when they more readily smile at others. Smiles can reduce conflict and help others feel more comfortable around you. That means people are more open to honest conversations and new ideas.

How to Get a Great Smile

You don’t have to let self-conscious feelings keep you from experiencing all those great benefits. It’s easier than ever to deal with a wide range of cosmetic dental concerns and get the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s stained or discolored teeth, chips or cracks, or even completely missing teeth, we can help you take care of it.

Just a few of the potential treatments that can help you get a great smile include:

  • Teeth Whitening – One of the most common cosmetic procedures that can produce immediate results.
  • Implants – Replace missing teeth with strong and durable titanium implant and custom crown.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings – Replace those old metal fillings with a material that mimics your natural teeth.
  • Veneers – Cover up damage and discoloration while reshaping and reinforcing your teeth.
  • Dental Crowns – Misshapen, broken, or worn-out teeth can be treated with these custom caps.
  • Teeth Straightening – Invisalign is an effective way to reposition your teeth and improve your bite.

More than Just Looks

A great smile is actually about more than just looks. While we already mentioned the physical feel-good benefits of smiling, these services actually go beyond that.

Things like missing teeth, cracked or crooked teeth, and a misaligned bite can have an unwanted impact on your overall dental health. You can protect yourself from infections and cavities by taking advantage of these treatments.

A New Smile for a New Year

If you are going to make a new resolution this year, let us recommend one that involves a healthy new smile.

A smile may seem like a small and simple thing, but it may be a lot more important than you think.

Contact us today to see how we can help you keep this resolution.

 

Trunk or Treat 2018

LeDowns Dentistry was happy to join the Green Valley Ranch community in their annual Trunk or Treat event this year.

This is a fun and safe way for kids to go trick-or-treating, and we love handing out “treats” that are good for your teeth! We had the “tooth fairy” there for the kids to meet, and nearly 400 kids came to the event. This is something that we enjoy doing every year and are already looking forward to next year’s event.

LeDowns Dentistry at Trunk Or Treat Event LeDowns Tooth Fairy 2018 Trunk or treat with the tooth fairy