This is the time of year when we often get together with friends and family to celebrate the holidays and to welcome a brand-new year.Being able to smile and laugh with confidence can make celebrations even more enjoyable, and making a few small changes could help boost your sense of well-being. Even something as simple as a professional cleaning could help give your smile that added sparkle.
Hygiene appointments are an essential part of a great preventative dental care plan, but they can also be a really nice way to just freshen up your smile. During a hygiene appointment, your teeth will be carefully scaled, a process that removes calculus from your teeth. Calculus forms when plaque isn’t thoroughly removed and it can look slightly yellowish in appearance. Removing calculus could make your smile look that bit whiter and it’ll definitely help your gum health. Your teeth will be gently polished which can help remove some surface stains. Our hygienist here at Tsawwassen Place Dental can also talk to you about looking after your teeth at home and they may have some great tips on how you can improve your brushing and flossing techniques. An added bonus of having a hygiene appointment is that your breath should be nice and fresh, which is perfect when you have a lot of social events to attend.
It’s also a good time of year to make sure you are up-to-date with your dental checkups, as this can help avoid any dental emergencies such as toothache over the holidays. It might be an especially good idea if you have a tooth that has recently felt more sensitive or which has begun to feel uncomfortable to bite on. Getting any problems sorted out before the holidays will allow you to enjoy the celebrations to the full and you will be able to eat in comfort.
If you’re interested, it’s also your opportunity to discuss your smile with Dr. Leslie and to find out more about cosmetic dental treatments that could appeal. Teeth whitening is always popular and is a very safe and cost-effective way to quickly lift the overall colour of your teeth. One thing that can help your smile and your oral health is to ensure you maintain any current restorations such as fillings, crowns and veneers. Tooth coloured composite resin fillings look great, but can become stained over time and replacing them could make quite a bit of difference. Restorations do need renewing every so often and sometimes this can help improve the appearance of your teeth.
If you have older crowns and bridges that are beginning to fail, then replacing these may help to boost your appearance. Over the past few years the technology and materials used to make these restorations has significantly improved. Nowadays modern porcelains are able to closely replicate the liveliness and translucency found in natural teeth and can even be entirely metal-free.