With more and more cosmetic options for us all in modern society, how you look is becoming more and more important. One of the key weapons in your looks arsenal is your smile, hence the common phrase “dazzle them with that smile”. A great smile can get you out of some sticky situations! Hermes, an award-winning Dentist in London, has the best professionals on hand. Here we’re going to give you the best advice as to how to protect your smile as well as telling you how we can perfect your smile with our cosmetic procedures.
Why is a Smile Important?
As mentioned before, going to your dentist in London to maintain your smile improves your appearances. Its proven that we look more attractive when we genuinely smile as they draw people in. The opposite (grimaces etc.) obviously also has the opposite effect. Smiling can make you look younger and even gives off the impression of success to those around you.
Besides vanity reasons, smiling has a number of mental health benefits. Smiling is proven to reduce stress, improve our mood, stay positive and just generally makes you happier. These feelings are contagious, so not only do you make yourself feel better but you make everyone around you feel this way too!
Not only good for your image and mental health, but it is also even proven to boost your physical health. People who smile more are proven to live longer! It can boost your immune system as It is thought that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed (thanks to the release of certain neurotransmitters). Not only that, but it can reduce your blood pressure as smiling relieves stress, a big cause of blood pressure issues.
What Can You Do Before You Visit a Dentist in London?
Sadly, many dentists treat problems they believe are avoidable. England has improved so much over the years with teeth health and maintenance. We have even taken over America in statistics on healthy teeth, making those horrible stereotypes a bit ironic. However, there’s still a way to go and there are many steps that you can be taking at home to help keep your teeth healthy.
There are a couple of external factors you should consider cutting down on or even cut entirely out. This is mainly sugary and carbonated drinks as well as smoking. Sugar is consumed by acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. This acid eats away at teeth enamel and the longer sugar is in your mouth the longer this acid stays and does damage. Whereas tobacco will not only stain your teeth, but damage the gums and cause teeth to fall out. Smoking weakens your immune system, making it harder to fight off gum infections and also seriously hampers your gums recovery
The first and most obvious is to brush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and floss at least twice a day. Some dentists recommend to brush and floss after a big meal too. You’d be surprised how many people don’t take this seriously. A recent survey shows that 3 in 10 still only brush once a day! Regular brushing and flossing really helps reduce the build-up of plaque on the teeth. If you’re genetically blessed this good routine will keep most ailments at bay. Switching from your manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush can also make the world of good. They’re far more effective at preventing gum disease than manual brushes.
This is only scratching the surface, check out our full guide to protecting your precious teeth here. We always want to make sure you’re coming to our London dentist on your own terms.
How Your Dentist in London Can Help
Our experts at Hermes London dentists can help you with your smile in a number of ways. We have preventative dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry. Preventative dentistry will obviously help you with preventing health issues which will make you less likely to want to smile. Cosmetic dentistry will look at fixing aspects of your smile which aren’t health related that you don’t like.
This is for people who already have relatively straight or healthy teeth. We help keep them this way by improving your dental hygiene and more. Even if you look after your teeth perfectly as we mentioned above, sometimes genetics will just make it that you need some help from a professional London dentist. One example is keeping healthy gums. Gums are incredibly an incredibly important but sensitive part of your smile. Even if you brush properly every day and avoid the bad foods, your teeth just may naturally build up some plaque which damages your gums. To keep your mouth in tip-top shape we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check-ups.
Here is where the appearance elements come into play. The NHS has a different definition of healthy teeth than us. We understand that your smile may not be their definition of detrimental to your health, but it will clearly affect your confidence and mental health. This can affect your prospects for jobs and life in general. We try to give you the smile that reflects you and allows you to show your happiness whenever you want!
We do this through a number of different cosmetic treatments. We have a dedicated orthodontics team, where you can choose from a variety of teeth straightening options. We personally love our invisible braces but we can help you find the best fit for you. Alternatively, we allow you to have tooth coloured porcelain veneers, which can help fill in chipped gaps in your teeth without looking out of place.
You may have the most perfectly straight teeth, but still, be unhappy with the shade of your teeth. We all need coffee to function in the morning these days but it is notoriously bad for staining your teeth. With our cosmetic teeth whitenings, you can keep drinking your coffee guilt free with a big white smile.
We understand too that fillings are a natural part of life for some people. Teeth work in a number of ways, and genetically people will build up plaque in different ways. Some people will have a plaque build up that results in them needed fillings often. The NHS only uses off-coloured fillings, which can affect how you feel about the look of your teeth and smile. We provide you with white fillings or special inlays and overlays. These will make it seem like your teeth are still perfectly white and natural, allowing you to beam away with no fear.
Perfect Your Smile with Hermes Dentists London
We understand that everyone is different, so please feel free to get in contact. We are open longer than regular dentists and work around your busy schedules. Don’t let a smile get in the way of your success and happiness. Get in touch today!