Have you ever been out to dinner and experienced the mortifying situation in which a friend leaned over and whispered to you that you had spinach stuck in your teeth? Well, that feeling is something that many people live with every single day because they are ashamed of their smile.
Teeth Are Fragile
Even with proper care, our teeth can begin to show signs of wear and tear, making us feel self-conscious about smiling even while having the best of times. We start to hide our faces with our hands while laughing, or just stop smiling at all.
Things like smoking, coffee, red wine, or even blueberry pie can stain your teeth to the point of humiliation. Crooked teeth, although hereditary and not your fault, can often make it hard for you to put on a happy face. Car accidents and slip and fall accidents may also be reason your smile is not so perfect. Perhaps your teeth are discolored, chipped, or all-out broken and painful. Unfortunately, your smile is the first thing people notice before you even have a chance to say hello, so it’s natural to want to put your best mouth forward.
What Are My Options?
Cosmetic dentistry has an array of different options to help solve your smiling issues. If your teeth are only slightly discolored, a brief trip for whitening can be all that you need. Crooked teeth can easily be fixed with a series of Invisalign aligners to realign those pearly whites. Tooth-colored (composite) fillings make those unattractive dark teeth a thing of the past. Bridges, implant restorations, or even a full mouth restoration are just a phone call away.
But I Have a Fear of the Dentist?
You are not alone. This is actually one of the most common fears in modern society. Unfortunately, this often leads to people neglecting the regular care that their teeth and gums require. Most dentists and dental hygienists are aware of this phobia and will do there best to keep you calm and comfortable during any procedure. Things such as headphones, wifi, and flat-screen TVs are often supplied to entertain you and alleviate your fears while they do their job to make your mouth beautifully healthy again.
Another option is dental sedation. From mild nitrous oxide to deep IV sedation that lets you sleep through the procedure, there is an option for virtually anyone who is afraid of the dentist.