A missing tooth doesn’t mean the end of having a beautiful smile you love.

Having a beautiful smile is a big deal. Research shows that smiling often makes you look younger, boosts your mood, releases feel-good hormones, and might even lead to a longer lifespan.

But if you’re not happy with your grin because of bad teeth or missing teeth, chances are you’ll be hesitant to share your smile with those around you.

Getting your teeth fixed will not only give you a chance to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of, but it will also improve your overall physical and mental health.

How a smile restoration will positively impact your life.

The advantages of having a beautiful smile can seem obvious at first, namely the fact that your teeth will look as great as you’re going to feel, but there are actually many ways restorative and cosmetic dental care can impact your life.

Here are 4 major positive effects that fixing your teeth will have on your health and lifestyle.

1. You can enjoy your favorite foods without worry.

The health and strength of your teeth greatly affect your diet. Even if your teeth are free of decay, weak teeth and missing teeth will limit what you can and can’t safely eat. Studies show that adults with missing teeth not only eat less, but their diet tends to be lower in quality.

By getting missing teeth replaced and problematic teeth fixed, you can go back to enjoying a healthy diet complete with all of your favorite foods. Some treatment options, like dental implants, can also replace your current dentures.

2. A beautiful smile will improve your overall well-being and you’ll feel healthier.

Not only will your diet benefit from getting your teeth fixed, but so will the rest of your body. Oral health and overall health are one and the same. This means it’s not possible to have optimal overall health if your teeth and gums aren’t healthy.

Addressing issues with your smile can benefit your overall health in many ways. For example, getting porcelain veneers to fix misaligned teeth seems like a luxury cosmetic procedure. However, by fixing gaps and crevices in your smile you’re actually reducing your chances of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease in the future.

3. Your face will look decades younger and aging will be slowed.

Teeth can say a lot about a person’s health and age. A bright attractive smile with white, straight teeth immediately makes a person seem healthy and youthful. On the other hand, missing, misshapen, damaged, or yellowed teeth can make a person seem much older. Even if your tooth loss is in the back in your mouth, these gaps will still lead to facial sagging that instantly ages you.

A smile makeover will not only improve the aesthetics of your teeth, but it will also give your face a healthier, more youthful appearance.

4. You’ll feel a renewed sense of confidence and happiness with a beautiful smile.

Knowing that your teeth look amazing gives you even more reason to freely smile. Even if your teeth issues aren’t outwardly noticeable, such as missing molars, getting these problems addressed gives you a reminder to show your teeth when you do smile.

Smiling has a very strong link to happiness, and it’s not just because we tend to smile when we’re happy. The simple act of smiling can improve your mood even when you don’t necessarily have a reason to smile. This is because smiling causes your brain to release all three major feel-good hormones: dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin.

Your treatment options for getting the smile you’ve always wanted.

When it comes to fixing bad teeth or restoring your smile, Dr. Tyler of Duvall Dental Center offers a number of different services. The treatment option best for you comes down to what smile issues you’d like resolved.

Touching Up Minor Cosmetic Flaws

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. A brightened smile instantly looks more attractive, but it doesn’t address physical issues with your teeth. It does, however, make for a beautiful finishing touch after other dental procedures.

If you’re interested in whitening to address staining issues but you also have some chipping or odd gaps, another non-invasive option is tooth bonding. Bonding is similar to veneers but requires no enamel removal, making it a long-lasting but temporary option for minor flaws.

Replacing Lost or Damaged Teeth

Replacing lost teeth can be done through dental bridges, dental implants, and Turbyfill dentures.

Dental implants are a permanent solution and offer the most natural finish. This is because the implant post is placed within the jaw, which means you won’t experience the bone loss that occurs after a tooth is extracted.

Dentures and bridges are still great options for some patients, and Dr. Tyler will be able to help you figure out which option is the right one for you.

Bringing Balance to a ‘Gummy’ Smile

If the height of your gums is what’s making you feel less than confident about your smile, Dr. Tyler can rebalance your gum-to-tooth ratio. This treatment is referred to as gum reshaping and is a very effective yet gentle process.

Similarly, if your teeth are very short or you don’t quite like their shape, Dr. Tyler also offers teeth contouring or crown lengthening.

Recovering from Periodontal Disease

After the successful treatment of severe periodontitis, you might not be happy with the way your gums and teeth now look. Dr. Tyler can not only help you recover your smile by replacing missing teeth lost during treatment, but he can also perform gum recession treatment. Gum recession treatment is similar to gum reshaping but is used to repair gum tissue loss.

Getting a Complete Smile Makeover

Whether you’re had extensive tooth loss or you really just want a completely new smile, Dr. Tyler can help you achieve this with a total smile makeover.

Veneers are the classic choice for making over a smile and are ideal for patients who have healthy teeth but want the look of their teeth to change. Another option is a Same-Day Smile, which involves Dr. Tyler placing multiple dental implants within a single appointment using techniques from the Kois Center and other renowned dental institutes.

Dr. Tyler also creates custom full-mouth-reconstruction treatment plans, which can include multiple services, such as dental implants, dental crowns, or partial veneers.

Which treatment is right for you?

The only way to know for certain which treatment option is ideal for you is with a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Tyler will have a conversation with you about what problems you’d like fixed with your smile and perform a thorough initial examination. From there Dr. Tyler will put together a treatment plan that will help you achieve a smile you’ll love.

Plan your beautiful new smile with Dr. Tyler at Duvall Dental Center

Whether you’re interested in replacing a single missing tooth or you’re dreaming of a total smile makeover, Dr. Tyler and the team are ready to help you any way they can.

Our primary goal is for every patient to leave our office with a smile they can’t wait to share. In order to fulfill this goal, Dr. Tyler will work with you to design your ideal smile using 3D digital programming. This means you get to see what your new smile will look like before he gets started with treatment.

When you’re ready to make your appointment, you can either give our office a call or fill out our online appointment request form.

Note: Due to quarantine restrictions, Duvall Dental Center is temporarily closed for non-urgent dental care needs. As important as restorative care is, these services do fall into the “non-urgent” category. While we wait for business to resume as normal, you can still visit our website, ask us questions, and do some research of your own to learn more about smile restoration.