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Healthy Gums, Happy Grins

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Smiles send powerful messages to everyone around us. Volumes of research confirm the influential role of smiles on our relationships and our self-esteem. Romances may start with a simple smile across a crowded room, and children reinforce their self-worth through mom’s flashes of approval. Salespeople who happily display their teeth and gums sell more than those who don’t. In fact, one study recently quantified the monetary value of a smile! Regardless of the measure, a genuine, attractive smile feeds success in every part of your life.

If you’re confident, you smile more. If you smile more, you feel more confident. But what if you don’t want to show your smile because you’re embarrassed by what you see in the mirror? It becomes a psychological short-circuit with effects that may ripple through your life.

At our practice, we enjoy watching the transformation in patients discovering the benefits of dental health and it highlights our days. But you may not realize all the parts that bring a smile together and the critical support given by the gums and bone. If the teeth are the lead actors, these components are the supporting roles. Without the strength and the beauty of healthy tissue, the smile falls flat.

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Holding It All Together

Sometimes a new smile emerges from the simplest steps. Professional whitening removes years of dingy stains from teeth. Coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and chocolate dull white enamel surfaces. A nice boost along with some gentle polishing and reshaping of chipped, uneven edges can create an easy transformation. In other cases, teeth may need straightening. This specialty service also enhances the ease of cleaning and maintaining your gums by positioning teeth properly. Also, brilliant modern porcelains may lift your smile to another level altogether.

But every cosmetic enhancement requires a strong foundation to hold its value. Healthy bone keeps teeth firmly in place and supports the overlying gum tissue. And the smooth, scalloped gums are like the frame around an elegant piece of art. The contrast of white teeth and healthy pink gums form one of nature’s best displays. If either the gums or bone is damaged by neglect, disease, or sudden infections, even the finest teeth can be lost.

A gorgeous smile portrays confidence, warmth, and charisma to the world around you. When nice teeth are surrounded by sound bone and firm gums, your smile really shines. At our practice, we can help you bring a plan to life that rests on solid ground. Whether you need corrective treatment to your teeth’s foundation or focused maintenance, we’ll help you enjoy the benefits of optimal dental health.

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