06 Nov Smile Makeovers for Former Smokers
Quitting smoking is a monumental achievement that will improve both your short-term and long-term physical health, as well as your socio-emotional wellness. Yet, even though you’re no longer a smoker, you’re undoubtedly still dealing with the effects of having smoked previously. Tooth loss, gum disease, and tooth discoloration are all common challenges faced by current and former smokers. Fortunately, there are transformative smile makeover procedures that will help you reclaim your oral health and beautiful smile.
Before considering minor procedures like whitening and veneers, you may need to address more significant concerns, such as tooth loss. Dental implants are the preferred method of replacing missing teeth. Since the implant post is anchored within the jawbone, it supports bone density. Additionally, implants are not removable, which equals greater convenience, comfort, and ease of speaking and eating.
Gum disease is another common issue for current and former smokers. Before you undergo any cosmetic procedures, your dentist will need to correct health issues such as gum disease. This problem is often correctable with scaling and root planing—a deep cleaning technique. Your dentist may recommend antibiotic therapy as well.
Over-the-counter whitening products are typically insufficient to address the significant discoloration associated with a smoker’s smile. In-office teeth whitening involves the application of a prescription-grade whitening agent. The dentist may activate the whitening agent with a special light designed to enhance its effectiveness.
Depending on your specific concerns, teeth whitening alone might not be enough to transform your smile. Dental veneers are often a good option for patients with multiple areas of concern, such as discoloration, chipped teeth, asymmetrical teeth, and gaps between teeth. The veneers are applied to the visible sides of the teeth to instantly create a Hollywood smile.
To schedule a consultation for your smile makeover, call the dentistry office of John R. Carson, DDS in Tucson at (520) 514-7203. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our cosmetic and general dentistry services. We look forward to helping you reclaim your beautiful smile!