What is the happiest day of your life? Some people find this question easy to answer. There are a few days that come up regularly: your wedding day, the birth of your first child, the day you graduated from college, or when you finally earned that big promotion. Most of us also have pictures from that day up around the house.

Look at the smile you have in those pictures. The odds are that it’s big and bright, white and healthy. Don’t you wish you could have a smile like that again? You can, and you might be surprised at how much it can make you feel like you did then.

young couple holding their new born baby

Time Wounds All Smiles

What made your smile so beautiful back then? Youthful enamel is bright white, and your teeth probably had fewer cavities, chips, cracks, and other wear.

Discoloration is what most people notice about the changes in their smile. When you were younger, your teeth had a smooth, stain resistant outer surface. Over time, dark particles from food penetrate into the enamel and get trapped there. Teeth whitening can eliminate those staining particles, but that may not be your only problem.

Another reason why our teeth are so white in youth is that our enamel is thicker when we’re younger. Regular exposure to acidic foods and beverages can wear away the enamel. As it gets thinner, it begins to show through to the darker, yellowish enamel inside your teeth. If this is the cause of your tooth discoloration, it may require porcelain veneers or dental crowns to restore your smile to its former brilliance.

Other times, it might be unattractive older mercury fillings that are discoloring your teeth. Removing these fillings can certainly help the appearance of your teeth.

If your teeth are chipped or worn, porcelain veneers or dental crowns can be used to restore them to their former, healthy shapes. And even if you’ve lost a tooth or two, dental implants can make your smile whole again.

Whatever smile problems you are facing, we can design a smile makeover that will make your smile look as good now as it did then.

Are Your Happiest Days Ahead?

As much as might be said for the joys of youth, there is still something to be said for the joys of being older. Youth is awkward and uncertain. It is inexperienced and clumsy. With age and experience come assurance and a greater certainty of desire. You know what makes you happy and can pursue it with greater vigor.

And when you get it, you’ll want to meet it with a big, beautiful smile. If you are looking for a San Jose cosmetic dentist to help you get that smile, please call (408) 354-5600 for an appointment at Top Down Dental.