does your smile spark joy

Let’s Talk KonMari-Does your Smile Spark Joy

does your smile spark joyPoway and Rancho Bernardo, CA

The KonMari method has swept our Western culture, transforming how many households organize their entire house from drawers, closets, family rooms, kitchen pantries, and even garages.

A philosophy founded by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organization guru, on tidying up and cultivating empathy for everything that surrounds you, this Netflix series has become a sensational hit.

If you haven’t caught on to this new organizing trend, it focuses on eliminating items from your home that do not spark joy. Those old, uncomfortable slingbacks you got on sale that you dread wearing – do they spark joy? No? Then, out the door they go! Toys that generate nothing more than a meh reaction from your kids – on to the donation pile! The junk in your garage that you never use, or your favorite sweater from college, let it go if it doesn’t spark joy.

With this sense of tidying up circulating everywhere around us, it has us thinking about how you could apply the KonMari method to your smile. While you can’t just bag up problem teeth, or gums, or even your entire smile and get rid of them, there certainly are steps you can take to improve your smile so that it does spark joy the next time you see your reflection in the mirror.

Take a moment to look at your smile in the mirror. Does it spark joy when you see it or are there aesthetic aspects of your smile that you wish you could change? If you have problem teeth that are dingy, gapped, crooked, or missing, cosmetic dentist in Poway, Dr. Nicol Cook, can transform your smile. Let’s look at some of the most common cosmetic dental problems, and the solutions that Dr. Cook offers.

Dingy teeth

One thing is for certain, teeth become dingy over time, and even more so if you don’t take care of your teeth. Caked on tartar causes stains, and can irritate your gums causing them to become red, inflamed, and you may even experience some bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth.

For this oral health problem, we recommend practicing good oral hygiene habits at home, as well as receiving a thorough dental cleaning by one of our experienced dental hygienists every six months. Even those of you who are die-hard oral hygiene fanatics and would never skip brushing or flossing your teeth, still need routine dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. Everyone gets tartar buildup, and if you ignore it, you run the risk of getting cavities or developing gum disease, which doesn’t sound joyful at all. Keep your teeth clean to prevent dingy teeth.

You may also benefit from a teeth whitening treatment in Poway. Our professional strength whitening treatment provides you with results far better than what you would get from using store-bought whitening agents.

Gapped or crooked teeth

Do you have gaps between your teeth or teeth that are crooked and misaligned? Dr. Cook offers cosmetic procedures that can easily fix these aesthetic issues. While orthodontics certainly can do the trick by closing unwanted gaps or straightening crooked teeth, it also could take many months or even years to achieve the results you want. Instead, ask Dr. Cook about porcelain veneers, which are handcrafted, thin shells of porcelain that adhere to the front surface of each tooth being treated. Veneers can be made to create the illusion of perfectly aligned teeth without the need for orthodontics. Plus, the porcelain looks natural, and can even be chosen in a whiter shade to provide you with permanently white teeth. And, the best part of it is that the procedure only takes about two weeks to complete, meaning you can have a smile that sparks joy in no time!

Missing teeth

Dental implants are known to be the most solid form of tooth replacement available. Since it entails having a titanium post embedded into your jawbone, believe us when we say this process really isn’t painful like it may sound, the implant stimulates the jawbone to prevent resorption (bone deterioration) that otherwise would occur when a tooth is extracted and not replaced. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or even an entire dental arch with our revolutionary teeth-in-a-day procedure. You can’t deny the joy you would feel by throwing out those old dentures and getting new, permanent teeth in one day!

Poway Dentist

You don’t have to be left with a smile that doesn’t spark joy when you see it. Instead, schedule an appointment by calling (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo in California.