A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help You Put Smoking Behind You

Apr 23, 2014, by Dr. Becky Coats

Although the new “Real Cost” campaign is aimed at teens, its message strikes home to older smokers, too. You may not need to be told how smoking affects your smile–you’ve seen it firsthand. You may think that there’s no point to quitting now, though, because the damage has been done, but the good news is that if you decide to quit now, a cosmetic dentist can help you restore your smile and protect it for the future.

The Real Costs of Smoking for Your Smile

Smoking has many unattractive impacts on your smile. First of all, it can dramatically stain your teeth. The worst of it is that the staining is so uneven that it builds up in certain areas, which means that your smile has the even more unattractive dark stain next to less dark tooth material. Smoking may also increase tartar build-up, the hardened mineral deposits that appear around the base of teeth. Also shown in this ad is how smoking can contribute to receding gums. These receding gums will make your teeth look longer in an unattractive way as they reveal more and more of the tooth root.

Smoking also contributes to gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Over a ten-year period of smoking, smokers are likely to lose one to two more teeth than nonsmoking people of a comparable age.

Fortunately, research also supports that if you stop smoking, your risks of tooth loss will go down.

Repairing the Damage of Smoking

Fortunately, a cosmetic dentist can help you repair the damage that can come from smoking. Teeth whitening may help with stained teeth, although it depends on the level of staining. For teeth that have been severely stained by smoking, porcelain veneers may be a better choice. They can completely cover much darker stains than can be improved with teeth whitening.

Even lost teeth can be replaced using dental implants.

You Have to Quit If You Want to Fix Your Smile

If you really want to have an attractive smile, it’s important that you give up smoking. Whitened teeth will stain rapidly with continued smoking. Even porcelain veneers, though generally quite stain resistant, can be stained by cigarette smoke.

Worst of all, smoking significantly increases your risk of dental implant failure, so you can’t replace lost teeth.

For some people, the prospect of a bright and beautiful smile can give good incentive to quit. If you want to learn how attractive your smile might be, please call 817-481-6888 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Grapevine Dental Care in Grapevine, Texas.