What Your Smile Says About You

Doc of the Bay Family Dentistry
Roger A. Stroud, DMD, FAGD
2693 Bienville Boulevard
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

In our highly competitive and looks-focused society, a pleasing smile often means the difference between success and failure in our personal and professional lives. The mouth is the focal point of the face; therefore, the smile plays a major role in how we perceive ourselves and the impressions we leave with people.

People with beautiful, healthy smiles are more likely to flash it, making them appear more friendly, attractive and self-assured. However, if you are not happy with your smile, you simply won't share it with others. Negative feelings about your smile can lead to self-esteem problems. People are more likely to consider you aloof or unfriendly and that can be a problem both socially and professionally.

Analyzing your Smile

Get a mirror and look at yourself smiling and speaking. If the edges of your front teeth don't show slightly, they have probably worn down over time, which can make you look older than you really are. Look at the upper front teeth. Are they all the same length? At the point where one tooth touches another, are the edges flat? If so, this appearance may be due to bruxism (wear from abnormal grinding). Not only does bruxism negatively affect the look of your smile, it can cause extreme pain and discomfort like headaches and jaw pain.

Are there gaps between your teeth? Are they misaligned? Does too much gum show when you speak or smile? If you have been concerned with any of these issues, stop hiding your smile and take action!

How Dr. Stroud can improve your Smile

From subtle changes to major repairs, Dr. Stroud can perform a wide variety of proceedures to give you a truly enviable smile.  There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or even missing.  Dr. Stroud can reshape your teeth, close spaces and restore worn down, or shortened teeth.  Common procedures include our in-office whitening, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns and bridges.

These vast improvements to your smile aren't always simply cosmetic.  Many of these treatments can eliminate pain or discomfort due to problems with your bite.

Instant Orthodontics

Instant orthodontics provides beautiful straight teeth without requiring several years spent wearing braces. People with crooked or rotated teeth who are looking for quick results can gain the desired effects of braces without the wait. Porcelain veneers and crowns provide and esthetically pleasing smile in a relatively short time.

Determining which procedure is right for you

The condition of your current smile and the results you want often dictate the best procedure. If you are interested in having Dr. Stroud design your optimal smile, one that is as beautiful as it is healthy, here are a few questions you can ask him before deciding if a particular procedure is right for you:

  • What will I look like? ( We can make a wax-up of the ideal smile for you)
  • What should I expect during the course of treatment?
  • What type of maintenance will be required?

You will be pleasantly surprised to see all that is possible with today's advances in esthetic dentistry. Reserve your personal consultation with Dr. Stroud today to discuss ways to perfect your smile.

A smile says so much about you.  Don't let a less-than-perfect one speak for you.