If you got a smile makeover a number of years back, you might be noticing that it doesn’t look as good as it used to because of some discoloration in the restorations. Or maybe you recently decided to get a bargain smile makeover, but now it doesn’t look as good as you thought.
Whether your smile makeover is old or new, you’re more likely to notice problems in the spring and summer. There’re actually a number of good reasons for this.
One reason you’re more likely to notice the problem is that you’re more likely to be smiling in the summer. You may not have a true seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but most of us experience a fluctuation in mood over the course of the year, tending to feel happier in the summer.
So with a better mood, you’re more likely to be smiling more often, which means you and other people are more likely to notice if there’s a problem.
During the winter, you spend more time inside under artificial lighting. But when the spring comes around, you start spending more time outside. While inside lights are dim, sunlight is brighter. Shining a bright light on your teeth is more likely to expose the slight differences in color between natural teeth and your restorations like porcelain veneers or crowns. So if you’re spending more time outside, you or others are more likely to notice differences in color between your natural teeth and your restorations.
The Healthy Glow
But it’s not just the brightness of sunlight that makes a difference in your smile’s shine. It’s also the spectrum.
Sunlight contains ultraviolet light (that’s why you tan and need to wear sunscreen). One thing ultraviolet light can do is cause fluorescence in the proper materials. Natural teeth fluoresce in sunlight. But not all restorations do. Typically, cheap restorations won’t fluoresce in sunlight.
Because they’re not giving off light like natural teeth, they’ll look more dull in sunlight–and they’ll definitely look more dull than your natural teeth.
So if your teeth don’t look as good in sunlight as they do in artificial light, that may be part of the reason.
If Your Smile Makeover Needs Re-do
Sometimes, your smile makeover may need a touchup. Maybe it’s aged and worn or discolored, and it’s time for an update. Or maybe it was never as good as you wanted in the first place.
Whatever the reason, we can help. Cosmetic dentist Scott Young is a Purveyor of Fine Dentistry, and he always delivers smile makeovers that look good all year round no matter where you go.
To learn more about getting your smile upgraded, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment.