What Is Your Smile IQ?

smiling woman with long hairWhen you meet a new person, do you freely share your smile or do you mumble a few words while trying to hide your teeth? Much of human communication is nonverbal, and flashing a beautiful, genuine smile can significantly contribute to making a good first impression.

Dr. Blaustein, a leading NYC cosmetic dentist with more than 20 years of experience, can help you raise your smile IQ. To create your best smile, you can identify your areas of concern and consider cosmetic dentistry solutions.

How would you describe your oral hygiene habits?

You undoubtedly already know that brushing and flossing your teeth is critical for good oral hygiene and a healthy smile. But how does your routine really measure up? Do you use an extra soft toothbrush or one with hard bristles? If you use a toothbrush with hard bristles, your cosmetic dentist may start to see signs of damage to the gums and enamel. Dentists recommend soft bristles with rounded tips. Next, consider your brushing technique. Do you vigorously brush your teeth to thoroughly annihilate all germs? If so, you could be inflicting the same damage as using a hard-bristled toothbrush would. Instead, treat your teeth and gums gently to preserve your pearly whites and healthy gums.

How often do you floss? If you answered, “At least once daily, without fail,” add some points to your smile IQ. Just like brushing, however, your flossing technique is important. Make sure you gently wiggle the floss between your teeth, and then curve it around the teeth to remove plaque from just beneath the gum line.

Have you delayed replacing missing teeth?

If it’s been a long time since you’ve visited a dentist, you may have multiple problems lurking in your mouth, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. Eventually, you may develop more visible problems, such as tooth loss. Here’s another question to evaluate your smile IQ: If you’ve got a missing tooth, do you rejoice because that’s one less tooth to take care of? Or do you rush to your cosmetic dentist’s office to learn about treatment options?

If you chose the latter response, add some points to your smile IQ. Just because a tooth is no longer in your mouth doesn’t mean it can’t cause more problems. Over time, a missing tooth can lead to further oral health problems, such as misalignment of the adjacent teeth and loss of jawbone mass underneath. Dr. Blaustein offers solutions such as bone grafting, same day dental implants, and dentures to help you reclaim your healthy smile.

If you could change anything about your smile, what would it be?

Unless you already have a Hollywood smile, there’s probably at least one thing that you wish you could improve about your teeth. Perhaps you developed a hairline crack in a back molar, your teeth are looking a little yellowish, or you wish you could fix a gap. For a great smile IQ, you can visit a cosmetic dentist to discuss your concerns and explore your options.

Cosmetic dentistry in NYC

Dr. David Blaustein invites new and current patients to schedule a one-on-one consultation. During your appointment, Dr. Blaustein will answer all of your questions and help you learn about the most effective solutions to creating your ideal smile. Your personalized cosmetic dentistry recommendations might include laser teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or the sophisticated Invisalign system for perfect alignment.

Book your appointment at Chelsea Dental Aesthetics by calling 347-774-4085. Our cosmetic dentistry practice is conveniently located in midtown Manhattan.

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