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What would you give for a new smile?

If you have spent the past few years putting up with an increasingly dodgy smile, then why not make 2018 the year of the smile. An attitude of New Year New Smile in Burnham could have knock on effects that you had no idea could be so great.

When our smiles start lose their attractiveness, through discolouration, damage, or even gaps where teeth have fallen out, we can end up feeling so self-conscious about smiling that we stop doing it. Going about grim-faced and unsmiling or only smiling with our lips closed may protect others from the teeth inside, but it also inadvertently sends out a message that we are cold and unfriendly.

Getting a new smile in the New Year can change all that. The smile is the universal sign of peace and friendliness and when we smile at others, they are pretty likely to smile back. And, even if they don’t, the very act of smiling a genuine smile releases serotonin, which boosts our happiness levels.

Missing teeth

If you have lost teeth, it is really worth getting some replacements. More and more people are choosing to have dental implants because they are the only method that replaces the root of the tooth as well the crown. They can be used to replace one, a few or even all of your teeth, and there is even a way to use them to stabilise dentures. The latter is a popular way of getting the advantages of both kinds of replacement.

Having something in the jawbone is important because the bone needs the stimulation to renew itself and when there is a gap with no root in, the area around the gap starts to dissolve itself. Also, neighbouring teeth can drift into the gap and even fall out.

Having dental implants in some form helps to stop the jawbone shrinking and you in turn avoid developing that pointy-chinned, caved in look that people with no teeth have.

If you are thinking of also having teeth whitening done, it’s important to get the whitening done so that the porcelain crowns of the implants can be matched to the whitened teeth. Porcelain can’t be whitened.

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