Cosmetic Dentistry

What Can Teeth Whitening Do for Your Mental Health?

June 10th, 2021

Being self-conscious about the color of your teeth can keep you from smiling. While smiling is often a reaction to being happy, smiling can also cause happiness; so much so that it might even be worth it to fake it. Teeth whitening and dental care, in general, gives us an opportunity to improve our mental health.

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What Does the Research Say?

One study from the Association of Psychological Science suggests that smiling can help people recover faster from stress and reduce their heart rate. Additionally, smiling causes the release of:

  • Endorphins
  • Serotonin
  • Dopamine
  • Neuropeptides

Smiling doesn't just affect the person smiling either; it's often contagious. Someone seeing your smile can brighten their day. A study published in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior found that smiling (and frowning) induce facial feedback of observers (encourages them to mirror an observed facial expression).

Teeth Whitening Options

Today, people hoping for brighter, whiter teeth have countless options at their disposal. Over-the-counter treatment options, at-home teeth whitening therapies, and in-office procedures can all transform your teeth into awe-provoking pearly whites. 

If you're not satisfied with your smile and it's keeping you from showing off your smile, you may be wondering what's to blame for your teeth' color in the first place.

What Causes Teeth to Become Discolored?

Teeth become discolored and stained over time due to contact with highly-pigmented food, beverages, and chemical compounds such as minerals or over-fluoridated water. Some of these foods and drinks include things like:

  • Red wine
  • Fruit juices
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tomato-based sauces
  • Tobacco

Additionally, some people are genetically predisposed to discolored teeth. Luckily Dr. Firouzi offers patients in-office whitening that in just one 90-minute visit can give patients noticeable results.

Start Enjoying Whiter Teeth Today

Teeth whitening doesn't just benefit appearances; it can be good for your mental health as well. Of course, if you're suffering from depression or anxiety, we recommend reaching out to a mental health professional. Feeling good about the way you look and smiling more can make a great co-treatment option.

To learn more about teeth whitening and what options can work best for you, call Dr. Firouzi today at (412) 274-1126 or visit our contact page here.

What to Do For a Gummy Smile

April 23rd, 2021

You work hard to care for your teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits keep your smile healthy and functional. But sadly, great dental habits and care aren't everything. Cosmetic issues, like a gummy smile, can keep even the most diligent brusher from being satisfied with their smile. In good dentistry, beauty and function should work together.

Patients aren't just looking for a working bite and pain relief, they're looking for an aesthetically pleasing appearance too, and that's the approach Dr. Firouzi implements in his practice.

Gummy smile

How Do You Fix a Gummy Smile?

What's the best way to fix your tooth to gum ratio? The best treatments are those that are patient-focused and specific to their unique case. Depending on the cause of a patient's gummy smile, the necessary treatment may take on numerous shapes. 

Problem-Solution Approach

  • Teeth that aren't fully erupted or jaw's with an irregular shape: Orthodontics is one of the most comprehensive treatment methods in dentistry. With the proper strategy in place, orthodontics can help remodel fully developed jaws, guide growth for developing ones, and promote optimal teeth emergence. 
  • Gum overgrowth: While many individuals with a gummy smile are under the assumption that they have abnormally small teeth, the reality is that this is very rarely the case. Most gummy smiles are the result of overdeveloped gum tissue or gum tissue that has not receded properly. In these cases, gum recontouring is recommended to remove excess tissue.
  • Naturally short teeth: Short teeth can result from grinding (bruxism) or heredity. Two of the most effective treatments for naturally short teeth are porcelain veneers and dental crowns.
  • High smile line: A high smile line is a condition where a person overexposes gum tissue when smiling naturally. This cosmetic inconvenience can be treated with injections to the gum tissue to relax the muscles of the upper lip, helping prevent as much pulling up, which results in a more balanced smile.

Say Goodbye to Gummy Smiles!

Gum recontouring gives patients a chance to enhance their smiles with a safe, pain-free treatment plan. Dr. Firouzi uses a Hoya Con Bio laser to remove excess gum tissue and unveil his patient's beautiful smiles.

Cosmetic dentistry is so much more than vanity. Improvements to your appearance can make you more confident and comfortable smiling, leading to a potential for more happiness overall. To learn what steps you can take for a better smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Firouzi today. Call (412) 274-1126 or visit our website here for the next steps.