Being a former smoker doesn’t mean you have to live with a smoker’s smile. While breaking your cigarette habit won’t restore a bright, attractive grin, it is the first step to a successful smile makeover and improved oral health.
If you have quit smoking or are in the process of quitting, it’s a great time to talk to Boston cosmetic dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy about your options for restoring your smile. A smile makeover can include multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the color, shape, and functionality of your teeth.
Smile Makeover for Former Smokers
If you have ditched smoking, you have a lot to smile about, but you may be self-conscious about showing your teeth. Smoking takes a toll on your teeth both cosmetically and in terms of your oral health.
Upgrading your smile is the perfect way to celebrate quitting smoking, and there is certainly a lot to celebrate. Quitting reduces your risk for periodontal disease, broken and lost teeth, oral cancer, and a host of other health issues. In your smile makeover consultation, you and Dr. Clancy will discuss which of the following treatments are needed to restore your bright, beautiful grin:
- Porcelain veneers – This popular, minimally-invasive treatment can address chips, difficult stains, misshapen teeth, and even some alignment issues. A custom-made and color-matched piece of porcelain is created to fit over the affected tooth for a natural-looking result.
- Dental bonding – Smoking causes teeth to weaken, making them prone to chipping and other damage. Minor chips can be addressed with this quick and painless treatment. Dr. Clancy will apply a color-matched resin to smooth out and improve the appearance of the affected areas.
- Teeth Whitening – Yellow stains on your teeth are one of smoking’s most visible side effects. An in-office procedure or an at-home whitening kit may improve less severe stains. For stains that don’t respond to whitening treatments, veneers may be necessary to restore a bright, natural-looking hue.
- Dental implants – One side effect of smoking is an increased risk of losing teeth. If smoking caused you to lose a tooth or teeth, a dental implant can help prevent bone loss and the resulting “sunken” look that missing teeth can cause. Dental implants are an aesthetically pleasing, long-term, and highly functional tooth replacement option.
- Dental crowns – Tooth decay is common among smokers, so you may have large fillings, broken teeth, weak teeth, or cracked teeth. Dental crowns can protect these vulnerable teeth in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Can a Smile Makeover Help a Current Smoker?
We are committed to working with all of our patients to achieve their desired aesthetic. While we strongly recommend that you cease smoking, there are options for improving your smile even if you haven’t quit.
It is important to keep in mind that some cosmetic treatments may require that you cease smoking temporarily. Smoking interferes with the body’s ability to heal, so smokers are not ideal candidates for procedures that require oral surgery, such as dental implants. Additionally, smoking makes it difficult to resolve common oral health issues that we tend to see in smokers, such as periodontal disease and decay, which can compromise or limit your results.
Call Us for a Smile Makeover Consultation in Medford
Dr. Clancy and the team at Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry love to see our patients putting their best smiles forward. We are here to help and support you in improving your oral health and the appearance of your teeth and gums.
Call us at 781-396-8558 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Clancy and find out how cosmetic dentistry can change your smile and your life. We serve patients from Medford, Cambridge, Winchester, Somerville, and the greater Boston area.