The whole team at Prosthetic Dentistry of Olympia wishes you a happy new year! We often talk about New Year’s resolutions with our patients. Some have a dedicated game plan for their resolution, while others have never made a resolution in their lives. No matter which way you lean, we invite you to consider getting a better smile in 2021.
It doesn’t matter what shape your smile is in or whether you were blessed with a good smile or not. Anyone can benefit from prioritizing their smile.
Over three decades, Dr. Jude has heard hundreds of stories of how a better smile has benefited our patients. We’ve put together five of these for you below. Take a look at them. If you’re inspired to get started, call 360-229-5861 when you’re done.
1. You can save money
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss are a tiny investment compared to dental work that fixes problems like cavities, gum disease, damaged teeth, and missing teeth. For almost everyone, a home care routine is the single biggest factor in whether they will have a healthy smile. All it takes is brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing once a day.
Keeping up with your twice-yearly dental checkups is the next biggest factor. These appointments help your dentist remove plaque and tartar buildup. They also give you the chance to catch any problems while they can be prevented or treating them in the least invasive, least expensive way possible.
Although we offer many solutions for damaged and missing teeth, we’d rather you prevent these problems in the first place. Save your money for something else you want or need.
2. You can feel good about your oral health
Unless you’ve had a dental problem that required treatment, you can easily take your oral health for granted. But we can tell you that people who have lived with missing teeth also lived with a lot of unnecessary distress, whether physical or psychological. People who have ignored a cracked tooth or infected tooth had to think about their mouth every day and every time they ate.
A clean bill of dental health is a major stress reliever. It’s like a clean bill of overall health. If you know you are doing what you need to, you won’t have to stress about the problems that could be developing in your mouth.
If you already have dental issues, we are here to help you get that clean bill of dental health and relieve your stress. If we can’t help with your specific problem, we work closely with a group of trusted professionals who can.
3. You can feel confident
A healthy, attractive mouth means peace of mind about your oral health, but that confidence goes well beyond dentistry.
Over time, people who are embarrassed about their teeth keep their mouths closed when they smile, avoid talking to people, limit who they talk to to a small circle, avoid having their picture taken, skip out on eating around others, or cover their mouths when they laugh.
On the other hand, people who have bright, clean smiles they’re proud of don’t have to make any adjustments to their life. They have confidence to smile, eat, and talk when they want to. We’ve heard from patients whose improved smiles were the catalyst for speaking to a romantic interest, requesting a job promotion, and initiating friendships.
4. You can look younger
Think about a real person or someone on TV with missing teeth. Don’t they look older than they should?
Now think about someone with stained, dingy teeth. That can easily make someone look older, too.
A clean, bright, full smile can make a difference in the age you convey to others. Even a single whitening treatment can take years off your smile’s appearance – and your appearance overall. Take a look at the Opalescence whitening before and after images, and you’ll see what we mean!
Replacing missing teeth with implants, whether one tooth or a whole mouth, can make you look younger and healthier, too. You can see proof of this with these before and after photos for All-on-4® implants. Some patients look like entirely different people!
Teeth whitening, All-on-4, and dental veneers take as few as one or two visits to see a transformation.
5. You can improve your health
If you haven’t heard of the oral-systemic connection, all it means is that your oral and overall health are interconnected. They affect each other. For example:
- Replacing missing teeth with implants can improve your digestion and allow you to eat more nutritious foods. A healthy diet is proven to improve quality of life and increase life span.
- Replacing teeth with implants can help you live longer.
- Taking care of a dental infection can prevent the infection from spreading to your heart or brain.
- Preventing and treating gum disease can help improve systemic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and other inflammatory conditions.
- Treating TMJ disorder can eliminate chronic migraines.
Is it time for you to finally get a better smile? Start with a small step, like brushing your teeth one more minute or one more time a day. If you need help with existing dental problems, call us at 360-229-5861 to request your next appointment in Olympia.
Here’s to your better smile, your better 2021, and your better life!