When it comes to feeling confident, we all do certain things that boost our self-esteem. Whether it’s clothing, perfume, or a bit of makeup, looking and feeling our best is an important part of our day-to-day lives.

That’s why having smile anxiety is such a problem.

When you’re afraid to truly smile, it’s time to consider fixing your chipped, missing, or discoloured teeth and start on the road towards a better smile.

It’s shocking to know that only 59.1% of adults rate themselves as satisfied with their teeth. Why should you continue to be part of that unhappy statistic?

Us at Dentrix Dental Care want to help turn that 50% happiness rating to 100%. It can start with you.

Why a better smile matters

When it comes to dental health, maintaining a beautiful smile does have something to do with how you look physically, and the happiness that can come from that, but it is also very important for your oral health.

Fixing chipped, discoloured, or missing teeth can help prevent complications and side effects that require additional dental work or surgery.

Having a better smile can help you make a great, confident first impression and avoid problems like gum disease, nerve damage, total tooth loss, and infection.

How we can help

Here at Dentrix Dental Care, we know that helping you have a better smile is a top priority.

Many people would love a better smile, but some suffer from extreme “smile anxiety.” Is this you? (Learn about fixing chipped, missing or discoloured teeth for you or your child here.)

Each member of our dental team knows the importance on keeping up-to-date with the latest technology and techniques that will help you have a comfortable dental experience and leave with a better smile.

Whether you are able to come into our North Hill or Market Mall location, our staff eagerly awaits your visit.

Smile Anxiety

Dentrix Dental Care thinks of smile anxiety as a big scary monster that likes to stand in the corner of the room menacingly every time someone cracks a joke or you see something funny. You want to smile, but that monster is looking at you and reminding you that you shouldn’t – or can’t – smile.

Maybe your kids would have an easier time envisioning this monster, but it can happen to us all. If you have anxiety about your smile and what other people will think of you if they see your teeth, you have a classic case of smile anxiety.

It is all too common for a person to develop a fear or phobia of having their teeth worked on once damage occurs, since ignoring a problem may be easier than facing the truth sometimes.

When it comes to your oral health, however, ignoring the problem is not your solution. Instead, the team at Dentrix Dental Care wishes to help you work through your concerns with comprehensive, empathetic planning, and cosmetic dentistry.

We want to help you get that better smile and ditch that “scary monster” to pick on someone his own size.

Your Options

With our diverse staff, Dentrix Dental Care is able to find a solution to get you to a better smile regardless of your circumstance. To support you prior to your visit, we’ve put together some information about common causes of smile anxiety and how to fix them.

Discoloured Teeth

If your teeth have become discoloured through the years, whether it’s from coffee or other staining drinks, smoking, or genetics, there is no reason to remain anxious.

Discolouration can happen for a handful of reasons:

  • Drinks and Foods:Stains can happen to the outer layer of your, or your child’s, teeth when damaging foods and drinks are consumed. If you fancy colas, berries, tomato sauces, wine, coffee, or colorful juices and sports drinks, discolouration may occur!
  • Exposure to fluorideIf you or your child were exposed to a large amount of fluoride during the ages 1-6, there may have been a change in the actual composition of your tooth. This can create a yellow tint.
  • TraumaFalling and hitting a tooth can cause discolouration! When a tooth bleeds internally, a change in the whiteness of the tooth can occur.

Most discolouration can be resolved with whitening treatments, where a bleaching agent is applied to the affected teeth and activating it with a special light.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

Just like falling can cause trauma to a tooth that results in discolouration, similar trauma can also cause your tooth to chip. Chipped teeth are actually the most common of all dental injuries.

It’s a scary feeling, especially because most people just know when a tooth has been chipped.

These injuries can happen from simple accidents like biting a fork while eating, munching on ice or hard foods, or even closing your mouth too quickly.

Fixing your chipped tooth is a straight-forward process that can save you problems in the future, as teeth left exposed from chips can be prone to cavities and decay.

If the chip is small, it can typically be smoothed down or dental bonding, where a material is molded to your tooth to “fill in” the chip and give you a better smile.

If you have a larger chip, your dentist will examine your tooth to determine if it can be saved and repaired– which is the first priority!

If the tooth is too damaged, it may be extracted and can be replaced with a variety of great options! Whether a veneer can be put in place to avoid an extraction or a bridge is the best option for you, your dentist will ensure that you have a comfortable experience that will result in your increased confidence and a better smile.

Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, it is absolutely possible to give you back a wonderful smile that you can be proud to show off!

With the advances in technology available to cosmetic dentists, options like dental implants, bridges, and dentures are all available to you.

We’re here for you

Getting rid of smile anxiety can start with maintaining your smile with flossingchanging your toothbrush, regular trips to your hygienist.

If you’re unsure where to start when in comes to getting you and your child a better smile, please reach out to us to get started on the path to less anxiety and more happiness!