Get Your Best Smile Ever

Most people aren’t born with perfect smiles. Whether they had braces, whitening treatments or other aides, help is usually required when it comes to creating gorgeous grins. Here are a couple things you can do to ensure you’re putting your best smile forward.

Your future’s so bright
If your teeth are yellowed or dull from drinking coffee or red wine, you may be able to brighten them up. There are many different whitening options available – which one you choose depends on the level of whiteness you’re hoping to achieve and how fast you wish to achieve it. Having fillings, crowns or other dental work will also affect which technique best fits your needs. Most whitening toothpastes just remove surface stains. If you want to actually whiten the natural shade of your teeth, professional whitening sessions with dentists are generally the fastest and strongest option, while over-the-counter methods such as whitening strips are more economical but take longer to work.1 Professional whitening sessions are not covered by dental insurance, so talk with your dentist to determine which whitening treatment is best for you.

Seal the deal
Help eliminate the need for future fillings by getting sealants applied to your children’s teeth. Sealants, a very thin plastic coating usually painted over the chewing surfaces of molar teeth, help prevent bacteria from settling into the grooves of teeth that can be hard to brush well.2 Getting sealants is a painless procedure that takes just a few minutes per tooth and can last up to 10 years.3 They are most effective when applied to children’s permanent molar teeth shortly after they erupt, typically between ages 5-8 for first molars and ages 10- 14 for second molars.

1 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21276
2 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21264
3 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21406


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