Remain attractive at any age by improving your smile

In an August 2012 survey conducted for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 45% of participants said they think that a beautiful smile helps us remain attractive regardless of our age.  Eyes came in second at 34%, and body shape, hair, and legs followed distantly—but nothing compared to the value of a smile.

And more than 62% of the participants said they prefer spending money on improving their smile over making improvements to their weight, hair, eyes, or anything else.

So what can you do to improve your smile? One of the most inexpensive treatments is to whiten your teeth. If you want a brighter smile quickly, many dentists offer in-office treatment that will brilliantly whiten your smile in an hour. Take-home treatment is less expensive, and you’ll see results in about two weeks. A dazzling smile gives you a lift and makes you look and feel younger.

If you have teeth that are worn or misaligned, braces aren’t the only way to straighten them. Porcelain veneers—thin wafers of porcelain—can be bonded to the front of your teeth. With help from your cosmetic dentist, you will decide on the shape, size, and color of your new smile.

Cosmetic dentistry offers many options to improve your smile and make you look younger. Visit the online smile galleries of experienced cosmetic dentists and see the difference they can make.

This blog is sponsored by New Jersey cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.

Is Chewing Tobacco Safer than Smoking Cigarettes?

No form of tobacco use is safe. 12 to 14 million Americans use smokeless tobacco. Finely ground tobacco is sold in pouches or cubes. It is smokeless tobacco and is often used as chewing tobacco or snuff. Snuff is pinched and placed between the inside of the lower lip and gum. Chewing tobacco is placed between the cheek and gum. It sits in the mouth to suck on and extract the juices from the tobacco. Built up saliva is spit out.

Like cigarettes, chewing tobacco contains addictive nicotine and it’s harmful to your health. In fact, in just thirty minutes of holding tobacco in your mouth, you receive nicotine equal to smoking three cigarettes.

Smokeless tobacco can create sores in your mouth, stain your teeth, cause your gums to recede (your teeth will be prone to decay), and cause your lips and gums to crack and bleed. The sugar in tobacco promotes tooth decay. Your heart rate and blood pressure can increase, and as most people know, smokeless tobacco can cause mouth and throat cancer. About 30,000 American are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year.

If you are interested in breaking the habit, speak with your doctor about how you can do it.

This post is sponsored by New Jersey cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.