Do You Hide Your Teeth When You Smile?

Sep 16, 2022
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If you're embarrassed about your smile because of the state of your teeth, it can affect other areas of your life, and you start to look at yourself negatively. Learn how dental implants can restore missing teeth and confidence.

A smile is a great asset. And what better way to show it off than with a healthy set of teeth? Our teeth are on show for all to see every time we smile, talk and open our mouths. However, if you're embarrassed about your smile because of the state of your teeth, it will most likely affect other areas of your life. Your self-confidence and self-esteem plummet, and you start to look at yourself negatively. 

If you are self-conscious about the state of your teeth, you probably adopt one or more of these behaviors:

  • You have a pressed lip smile where you keep your teeth undercover by smiling with your mouth closed.
  • You look down when talking so people don’t see the gaps in your mouth.
  • You eat alone and turn down invitations to dine with family or friends.
  • You avoid social gatherings as much as possible.
  • You cover your mouth with your hand while talking.
  • You don´t laugh, or you laugh with a closed mouth when you find something funny.

The trouble with these kinds of behaviors is they are not a solution. Can you really live like this for the rest of your life?

The problem with your smile will not go away unless you do something about it, and that´s where dental implants come in.

What Is Wrong With My Teeth?

You may be wondering how your teeth got into their present state. First of all, don’t blame yourself. While there are many ways we can preserve our teeth with good oral health, not everything is preventable. Some of the unavoidable causes of dental complications are:

  • Genetics
  • Diseases such as diabetes that can affect oral health
  • Dental trauma caused by a medical issue or an accident
  • A difficult pregnancy that causes periodontal disease and bone loss
  • You may have a fear of going to the dentists (odontophobia), which keeps you away from your local clinic

Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants

One of the most effective ways of restoring your smile is with dental implants - artificial tooth roots that are surgically fastened to your jaw and then mounted with artificial teeth.

Dental implants consist of three separate pieces: 

  • The implant post that is surgically drilled into the jaw. Over time the two will form a strong bond through a natural process called osseointegration.
  • The abutment. This acts as the bridge between the post and the third piece, the crown.
  • The crown. This is the visible part of a dental implant, colored to match the natural shading of your existing teeth.

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution that mirrors the look and feel of natural teeth and will restore the appearance and function of your smile.

Five Ways Dental Implants Will Restore Your Smile

Implants mirror the look and feel of natural teeth

Implant crowns are made of porcelain, and you can choose the size, shape and color to match your existing teeth. Whether you have one or more implants, nobody will be able to tell the difference between them and your natural teeth.

Implants restore the natural function of your teeth

The titanium implant posts mimic natural tooth roots. No other tooth replacement product provides the same level of stability and strength as dental implants. They work just as well as natural teeth.

Implants help you look younger

Teeth support and fill out the skin of our faces. When several teeth are missing, the skin sags and loses its taut appearance, making a person look older than their years. When you replace missing teeth with implants, they give the skin of your face the support it needs. This helps it to look younger and smoother.

Implants prevent bone loss

Natural tooth roots stimulate the jaw bone, so it retains bone density. But when you lose a tooth, the jaw bone below the gap doesn't get the stimulation it needs. As a result, you can lose bone density over time which can impact the shape of your face.

Fortunately, titanium metal implants take the place of the natural tooth root and stimulate your jaw, which helps it to retain bone density.

Implants improve your oral health

When you lose a tooth, the resultant gap forms a pocket that can catch food debris, making the area susceptible to gum disease. Eventually, the gap will shrink as your remaining teeth move into the opening. This isn't good news because additional gaps will form between some of your teeth. Consequently, they become more challenging to clean, which increases the risk of cavities. More gaps between your teeth will also affect your smile. 

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants prevents your remaining teeth from shifting. It also stops pockets from forming that could capture food debris. This makes cleaning your teeth and maintaining a good oral health regime much easier.

Talk To Chesterfield Dentistry About Your Missing Smile

Missing and damaged teeth are problems that many people live with every day. They learn to accommodate them often at the expense of their emotional well-being. But it doesn't have to be this way. Dental implants are a permanent solution that can make tremendous changes to your appearance.

Stop feeling unhappy and insecure about your damaged and disfigured teeth. A healthy smile starts here. Please get in touch with our friendly and professional team to schedule a free consultation. Call us on (314) 936 3621 or use our online booking form.