It’s the start of a new year, and that means setting a New Year’s resolution. Whether you can’t remember the last time you came up with a resolution or began your first daily workout this morning, we encourage you to consider making your smile your 2021 resolution.

No, it’s not because we want to see you in our office more (though we love our patients!). In fact, one of the advantages of prioritizing your smile is that you could make fewer visits to the dentist!

Take a couple of minutes to see six top reasons you could benefit from improving your smile this year. Our patients can attest to these, as they’ve shared many stories over the years. If you want to experience any of these benefits yourself, call us at 406-565-4458 when you’re ready.

1. You can save money.

The most important way to get a healthy, attractive smile is to brush and floss regularly. It’s also the least expensive. For a few dollars a month and a few minutes a day, you actually can keep your smile cavity-free and disease-free. Compare that to thousands of dollars for dental work over a lifetime.

Your regular dental checkups offer even greater insurance against dental problems. We’ll clean any plaque and tartar you miss. We’ll also catch any problems that do form early, so they will be less expensive, invasive, and time consuming to treat.

If you need help getting to a maintenance phase, we can help you with the repair phase of your smile.

2. You will enjoy peace of mind.

When you exercise, eat well, go to annual physicals, and follow your doctor’s advice, you can feel good knowing you are doing what it takes to maintain good health. The same goes for your smile’s health. By taking care of your teeth and gums, you don’t have to dread going to the dentist and hearing bad news. You don’t have to wonder when the next painful tooth infection will happen or when you need to get an extraction.

Although some problems are the result of unpreventable emergencies, most dental problems are preventable, not inevitable. We can talk to you about what’s needed for you to get a clean bill of dental health. If you haven’t been to the dentist in years and are afraid to come, don’t worry. We will welcome you warmly and treat you with respect. You may also feel better about coming with:

  • Modern, patient-friendly technology
  • Effective numbing techniques and sedation options to completely relax you
  • Private patient rooms with comfortable chairs, blankets, and pillows
  • Longer appointments by request to take things at your pace

3. You will get a boost of confidence.

We have heard so many patients tell us how they have gotten compliments after improving their smiles. Some of them said people were asking them what they did differently because they noticed such a big change in their overall appearance.

Knowing your smile looks great gives you an automatic boost of confidence. If you’ve been living with stained teeth, crooked teeth, worn-down teeth, or missing teeth, you don’t have to feel embarrassed about your smile anymore. You can walk right up to someone and start a conversation without worrying they will judge you for having bad teeth. You can approach that romantic interest, or take a new job without worrying about opening your mouth during an interview.

It’s like a new haircut – but the self-esteem you get from it lasts much longer.

4. You can eat what you want.

If you have damaged or missing teeth, you might skip foods that are too painful or difficult to eat. If you wear dentures, you might have given up crunchy or chewy foods a long time ago for fear of your dentures falling out and humiliating you.

By repairing and replacing teeth, you don’t have to have a mental conversation every time you eat a meal or look at a menu when you’re at a lunch with coworkers.

5. You can look younger.

It’s no exaggeration to say you can look younger with white teeth or a mouth full of teeth. After all, dull, stained teeth and worn teeth are signs of aging, and we associate missing teeth with old age.

You might only need a whitening treatment to restore the youthful luster to your smile. Talk about a New Year’s resolution that pays off fast! Professional whitening is one of the quickest and more affordable ways to knock years off your smile’s appearance.

If you’re missing teeth, we may recommend dental implants as the most lifelike tooth replacement. Unlike dentures, they don’t fall out, and no one can see metal parts or false gums in your mouth. In other words, there will be no evidence that these teeth aren’t your own. Many people look years younger with tooth replacements. Some even look like completely different people, the change is so dramatic.

6. You can prevent or minimize health problems.

When you take care of your teeth, it can impact your overall health:

  • Replacing teeth with implants can help you eat nutritious foods, which improves your overall health and quality of life.
  • Removing infection from a tooth can prevent that infection from spreading into other parts of your body.
  • Treating gum disease can minimize health problems linked to gum disease, such as heart problems, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
  • Wearing a TMJ night guard can help you live without chronic migraines.

It’s time to make a New Year’s resolution that pays off for years. To get started, call Butte Family Dental today at 406-565-4458 and find out how to get your best smile. You can also schedule online.

Here’s to your new and improved 2021 smile!