We want to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful new year! Whether you’re hardcore about New Year’s resolutions or couldn’t care less, we hope you’ll consider improving your smile in 2021. It doesn’t matter if you take pretty good care of your teeth or need a lot of dental work. Making changes to your smile can help you in many unexpected ways.

Take a look at these five surprising benefits of improving your smile. Then, for friendly advice or to get started on your 2021 smile, call us at 845-670-5423.

1. You’ll save your hard-earned money.

We probably don’t have to tell you that toothpaste, toothbrushes, and floss aren’t expensive. Compared to getting dental work done, keeping up with your oral health care at home can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over the long haul. In fact, for most people, a good oral routine at home is the most important factor in keeping your smile disease- and decay-free.

When you add twice-yearly dental checkups to your smile maintenance plan, you’re far more likely to have a clean bill of dental health.

This might be the best place to start taking care of your smile. Make sure you brush for at least two minutes twice a day and floss once a day. If you’ve neglected regular smile care, there’s still hope for you. We can get you to a place where you’re maintaining a healthy, clean smile. That will still save you money over time.

Although we’re always here to fix dental problems, we’d rather you save your hard-earned money – and your teeth.

2. Have peace of mind about your oral health.

If you’re doing what you need to, you can remove that stressful burden of wondering what problems are developing or festering in your mouth. Your chances of developing problems are very slim if you’re proactive about your dental care. Even if you have a problem, we can catch it before it does long-term damage and offer the most conservative care possible.

3. Gain confidence.

When you get a great haircut or buy a new outfit, you know what a difference it can make for your appearance and therefore your confidence. The same is true for your smile – except the effects last indefinitely.

If your smile is clean, bright, and full, you will smile more because you’re not second-guessing whether you should talk to someone or approach someone.

People with great smiles naturally smile more. And people who smile more are more approachable and perceived as friendlier.

If you’re embarrassed about showing your teeth, that’s no way to live life. You should be able to talk to anyone you want without reservation. Our patients have told us time and again how their improved smile was the impetus they needed to reach out about a new job, a romantic interest, or even a colleague they wanted to develop a friendship with.

4. Look younger.

Having a bright smile and a full set of healthy teeth can make you look years younger. Take a look at these before and after pictures of people who’ve replaced their teeth with dental implants, for example. Or these of professional teeth whitening, one of the fastest ways to knock years off your smile and therefore your appearance. You won’t have to wait months and months to see a transformation like you might with other New Year’s resolutions.

Having a beautiful smile is a big reason many celebrities look younger than their actual age. You can enjoy a youthful smile, too. Just ask us how.

5. Prevent or reduce risk of health problems.

Obviously, keeping your teeth in good shape means you lower your risk of dental problems. But it can also lower your risk of overall health problems. For example:

  • Replacing teeth with dental implants allows you to eat what your body needs, like crunchy, nutritious vegetables. A healthy diet is proven to contribute to fewer health problems and even a longer life.
  • Treating a tooth infection can prevent that infection from traveling through your bloodstream to other parts of your body.
  • Addressing TMJ disorders can get rid of debilitating migraines.
  • Preventing gum disease or managing it with regular care can help reduce the risk of systemic health complications, like diabetes, heart disease, heart infection, dementia, and high blood pressure.

We’ve seen thousands of patients enjoy these and other benefits of improving their smiles. To start prioritizing your smile, give us a call at 845-670-5423 today, or request an appointment online. We’ll meet you where you’re at to get you where you want to be.

Here’s to your better, happier smile and new year!