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Are You Losing Your Smile?

Many of us believe that if you are born with good teeth, you will have a great smile for the rest of your life and vice versa. This actually isn’t the case, as teeth move, grow, and change throughout an adult’s lifetime. Proper dental care can result in a healthy, bright smile, and neglecting your teeth can turn a great smile into a dull one.

This is why it is so important to visit your dentist for regular checkups and to see how your teeth are doing. If your teeth are shifting and you are losing your smile, your dentist can refer you to get Invisalign braces – which most adults prefer so they can avoid the stigma of getting braces – as soon as possible.

Prompt action is what you need if you suspect you might lose your smile. Your dentist can help you figure out whether you are brushing and flossing often enough, and if you get Invisalign braces, you must follow the instructions carefully in order to rearrange your teeth again so they are properly aligned. If you have been noticing that you are seeing the edges of your teeth when you smile, your teeth look different than they used to, or you don’t like your smile anymore, you should seek out dental care.

Unfortunately for adults, teeth can move as quickly as they do in children. With braces and plates to guide them, they will at least move in the right direction. If you want to recreate an old smile, you can certainly do so, and if you never had a great smile to begin with, you may even get your teeth to shift into a better smile than ever.

Even if you have a great smile right now, continue to visit your dentist for checkups and don’t put off these visits. A lot can change in a few months if your teeth tend to move around; some adult teeth move just as fast as children’s teeth. Putting off treatment will make it more frustrating to shift your smile into something you are proud of later on, so take advantage of dental care now while time is on your side.