Have you ever heard the expression ‘let your smile be your umbrella’? Sounds nice enough, but what is that really supposed to mean? The idea of rain is usually associated with being sad, so conversely smiling must be the antithesis of this, right? When you’re smiling, you’re giving off the impression of happiness. Whether that is genuine or not is irrelevant; smile = happy, and happy defeats sadness (umbrella defeats the effects of rain). However, there is something that keeps many people from smiling big, happy, toothy grins on a regular basis…teeth! We all have them, yet the way they look varies from person to person. The size, shape, colour, texture, and spacing of teeth in any given person’s mouth could be the one thing that keeps them from becoming who they are truly meant to be.
Sometimes, the value and importance of teeth is overlooked. Add to that the fear of “I’ve waited too long to try and remedy this issue” and you’ve got a sizeable portion of the Ottawa population who may be afraid of dentists and are unaware of the advances in modern technology that have been made over the past years. Fear not folks, for it is never too late to improve your smile! Firstly, you should do your research. Learn about what is happening in the world of dentists and how they are able to help people more efficiently. For instance, there is a new procedure called CEREC that can repair what may seem like a severe dental issue, in a single visit. There are local dental offices that take pride in being on the cutting edge of modern technologies. A great example would be a dental office located in Place D’Orleans . They have professionals that practice the CEREC procedure, along with many other dental procedures, with great success.
Secondly, while doing research on new dental techniques you’ll need to find the right dentist who is skilled at performing said techniques (as well as the basics). This is probably the most important step and may take a few tries in order to find someone you are comfortable with. But, what exactly makes a dentist the ideal choice for you? Create a set of criteria by which to make a choice. Consider certain things such as: How long has this person been a practicing dentist? Where is their dental office located? (This is an important one because your time is very important. If you live in Kanata, but work in the East end of town, it may be best to find a dental office closer to work. It would be much easier to pop over to Place D’Orleans on your lunch break for a quick cleaning than to have to take a day off from work). Have any serious complaints ever been made about them? Do they keep up to date with the latest technology and procedures such as CEREC? Do they put their clients first? Once you’ve mulled over all of the possible options based on your criteria, it becomes easier to find the right person for the job.
Lastly, once you’ve found the right dentist, have them identify your issues, create a plan of action to remedy them and follow their instructions on proper dental hygiene in order to maintain what has been done. Whether it’s something as common as a root canal, wisdom tooth extraction or something more modern and advanced like the new CEREC procedure, the right dentist will always be able to make you healthier, which in turn will make you happier and just may cause you to genuinely smile again (even if it’s raining).