A Better Smile Is a Perfect Valentine’s Gift

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Are you still trying to decide what to give your significant other for Valentine’s Day? A gift that helps with confidence and health is a great idea, and you can get it through cosmetic dentistry. Services such as Invisalign treatment and teeth whitening can help your significant other feel beautiful and confident in this month of love.


Valentine’s Day: Are You Ready?

Valentine’s Day is the largest holiday of love celebrated around the world. This celebration has happened for several centuries, as people as far back as the 1300s celebrated it. Celebrators in years past would give gifts to significant others on Valentine’s Day. This day celebrates not only love, but also the lives of various saints that were martyred throughout history. Their names were all Valentine.


The main Valentine that is celebrated is St. Valentine during the time of Emperor Claudius II. When marriage was made illegal for soldiers, St. Valentine continued to illegally wed couples until officials caught him. The sentence for him was death, and as he awaited his death, couples he had wed would visit him, bringing gifts and flowers until February 14th, the suspected day of his death.


Now, February 14th is remembered as a day of love. Starting in the 1840s, Valentine’s cards began to be mass-produced in the United States. Flowers are the most popular gift bought for significant others on this day, followed closely by chocolate. More than $18 billion dollars is spent each year in the United States on Valentine’s Day. If you’ve already done flowers and chocolate before (or many times before) for your loved one, you may wonder if there is something different you could give as a gift. How about a gift that helps boost confidence and better health?


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How a Better Smile Helps Your Health

As a dental office, we can’t stress enough the importance of good oral hygiene habits to keep a healthy smile throughout the years. Most of our patients not only want healthy teeth and gums, but they want a smile that looks amazing as well. Much of that comes from taking care of your teeth at home. As a basic recommendation, we stand by the American Dental Association’s recommendation to brush your teeth at least twice a day. That should be done for at least 2 minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste, making sure to cover all tooth surfaces.


If you have teeth, you (and even infants and toddlers) should floss 1-2 times a day, if possible. Mouthwash is a great oral health aid to kill mouth bacteria that leads to tooth and gum decay. That decay comes from what you eat and if you are following basic oral hygiene recommendations like these.


When you eat, sugars in your foods and drinks combine with certain mouth bacterias. That combination makes a sticky, acidic film that sticks to the teeth and breaks up minerals in the tooth enamel. That leads to decay, weakness and discoloration. Because plaque is acidic, it leads to bleeding gums, red and swollen gums and gums that bleed. You can take care of both with good oral health habits. However, you may not be able to make your smile perfect without professional help.


Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a great Valentine’s Day gift that you can give your loved one and even yourself. It’s an easy way to get a better smile in just one office visit, and that whiteness can last you for years. If you’re like most people, your teeth are probably not as white as you would like them to be and “whitening” toothpaste just isn’t doing the job. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for very slow whitening methods with the modern technology that is available today.


You and your loved one can make a date to get your teeth whitened. We use Sapphire Teeth Whitening in our office, which is a gentle treatment using medical-grade whitening gel with a patented Sapphire Plasma Arc Light to whiten your teeth. This takes only 30-60 minutes to receive a better smile. Instead of using bleaching chemicals on the teeth, we combine light therapy with a whitening gel. The gel is formulated to have a chemical reaction when it comes in contact with the arc light. This lightens the tooth almost immediately. Your significant other will love this Valentine’s gift, as it is one that can last them well beyond just Valentine’s Day. Plus, it is quite affordable and takes very little of your time.


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Studies show that a better smile produces more confidence in a person. Why? At least 1/3rd of people notice a person’s smile first during a first impression. Your smile can tell someone if you’re healthy or unhealthy, happy or not. In studies conducted, people with a straighter, better smile have a 45% higher chance of landing a job over their competition.They are 58% more likely to be perceived as successful, wealthy and even more attractive. They are at least 73% more likely to be trusted than those who don’t have straight teeth, according to studies.


These are just a few areas where a better smile really gets a person ahead in life. That better smile is also linked to a high increase in confidence a person has in themself. That confidence boost even happens in children. If you don’t opt for teeth whitening, another great Valentine’s Day gift idea is treating your loved one to Invisalign Treatment. This is a dental service that straightens the teeth with a clear orthodontic appliance instead of metal brackets and wires. Adults and teens love this option, as it straightens through a clear device that is incredibly hard to notice. Patients can remove the aligner as needed to eat, drink, play sports and more. If your loved one wants something special for Valentine’s, consider getting Invisalign treatment for their special gift! Simply call Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies today at (970) 223-8425!