Ever since the pandemic came about, a lot of us seem to have shifted focus to our health and well-being. And when we think of health we often think of the body and always forget how important oral hygiene can be. A smile can convey many emotions and how people may perceive us. Imagine showing up to an investor meeting with stained teeth? They might imagine you consume a ton of coffee to get going but they might also assume you are lazy to see a dentist and may be wary of how this laziness might translate to your work ethic. So it is very very important to be up to date on dental care and checkups because they can really help boost one’s confidence too. It’s why celebrities have the best smiles in the world. Behind every successful celebrity is a very good dentist.
To understand how to best care for our teeth, we recently invited Celebrity Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Riddhi Katarafounder of Experteeth Dental Careto host an Ask Me Anything session on the Girl Tribe by MissMalini App. Dr Riddhi answered all the questions the Tribe had on oral hygiene, how to get rid of bad breath, what issues can veneers solve, best hygiene practices, and more. Scroll down to read all about it!
Q. How can one whiten their teeth? Are there any specific foods to avoid that cause yellowing of teeth?
Teeth whitening starts with basic oral hygiene habits first. Start with brushing twice a day to flossing at least once a day. You can begin your day with Coconut oil pulling as well before brushing your teeth.
One can avoid coffee, red wine or anything with excess turmeric as these are the foods that usually cause teeth discolouration.
Q. Do over the counter teeth whitening kits work?
Home teeth whitening kits do not give permanent results and are not good for the health of the teeth since the whitening agent is not controlled.
Q. Is teeth whitening permanent? What are the expected cons and costs to be incurred?
There are many teeth whitening methods that would give permanent results. Something called Zoom Teeth Whitening is famous at our clinic and gives permanent results in one single appointment!
Q. How to deal with plaque build-up?
Brush twice a day and floss once a day. You could use a powered toothbrush or a water flosser, which can really help reduce signs of plaque. These can be easily purchased online or at a medical store.
Q. What is the lifespan of dental bridges?
Dental bridges depend on the condition of the underlying teeth. Though bridges should never be the choice of treatment unless that’s the only option left.
Q. How can one get rid of coffee stains on their teeth?
Once done drinking coffee one should gargle their mouth vigorously after. Also if drinking a cold coffee then using a staw really helps. Make sure to get dental cleaning done at least once a year to get rid of your stains.
Q. Do aligners help with fixing gaps in between the teeth?
Aligners help beautifully in this situation. But it is really important to do it with the right Dentist. Avoid home remedies at all costs.
Q. What is the process for smile designing? How much does it cost and what is the time duration?
Smile designing can be done with various techniques and typically takes about 7 days to finish the treatment. The treatment is usually done with porcelain veneers. The cost depends on the condition and the number of teeth that need fixing.
Q. Are there any options apart from braces one could consider?
Yes, there are many options from invisible braces to veneers. But it is important to first check how protruded the teeth are to decide on the treatment solution.
Q. How can one fix misshapen teeth in different sizes?
Dental veneers can really help in altering the look of one’s teeth, once checked by a dentist of course. Dental veneers are permanent and can be done in less than 7 days.
Q. What is the minimum and maximum lifespan of dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent procedure. There is a lifelong warranty when getting an implant.
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