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Whenever a patient comes to our Glendale cosmetic dentist office, looking to improve his or her smile, we sit down with the patient to talk about the changes he or she wants to achieve. We also advise our patients regarding the types of cosmetic issues that they should assess prior to beginning treatment—helping them work through the cosmetic possibilities prior to beginning treatment works to ensure that the patient ends up with optimal results.

So today we are going to be going through this same thought process. If you are considering cosmetic treatment, take a look at this list of ways to enhance your smile.

1. One of the first things that we consider is how we can enhance the quality of the patient’s dental enamel. The unfortunate truth is that dental enamel changes, discolors, and dulls with age. The good news is that there are many different treatments our team can employ to either enhance your natural enamel, or cover your teeth with cosmetic restorations.

2. We will also consider how we can optimize your dental alignment. A smooth, seamless smile gives a clean, fresh, and young appearance. Again, patients may want to move their natural teeth, or they may want to cover some teeth with strategically placed dental restorations. When considering alignment, we will also make sure that your smile appears wide enough so that it naturally fills your mouth when you smile.

3. Another obvious priority for our dental team is to correct any dental damage you may have sustained. Generally dental damage includes cracks and chips in the enamel, as well as prematurely worn down teeth.

Our Glendale cosmetic dentist office is here to help you get the most out of your own personal cosmetic dentistry process. Please feel free to contact us if you are ready to get more information!

Most patients are concerned about developing dental cavities, so they check for spots on their teeth and brush their teeth frequently to minimize plaque on dental enamel. This is a great start to an effective dental hygiene routine, but in order to maintain a healthy mouth patients also need to take steps to prevent gum disease as well as prevent dental cavities.

When bacterial plaque infiltrates gum tissue, a patient is suffering from gum disease. This bacterial infection can cause swollen gums, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and bone deterioration.

Now in order to prevent gum disease you have keep your teeth as free of plaque and tartar as possible. This can become difficult for patients who have crooked or crowded teeth. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean with brushing, because plaque builds up in the hard to reach spaces between teeth. So if you have crooked or crowded teeth, and you’re trying to prevent or treat gum disease, you should:

  • Make sure to floss at least once a day. Flossing everyday is important for all patients, but patients with crowded teeth need to take special care to floss. Flossing is one of the best ways to clean plaque from between teeth.
  • Consider having your teeth straightened. Straight teeth are not only attractive; they’re also much easier to keep clean than crowded teeth. Cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign and braces can straighten crowded teeth and make it easier for you to maintain a clean gum line.
  • Add a mouthwash into your daily routine. To give yourself some extra bacteria fighting power, try using an antibacterial mouthwash every time you brush. Antimicrobial rinses are another great way to kill bacteria that’s hard to reach with brushing.

If you have concerns about your gum health, let your dentist know as soon as possible. With diligent at-home care and professional treatment you can conquer gum disease and keep a strong smile for years to come. Give our Glendale dental office a call for more information or to schedule an appointment!