The FDA’s new “Real Cost” campaign is aimed at trying to keep teens from starting smoking, but it serves as a reminder of the damaging effects of smoking on your smile. If you’ve been smoking for a while, you likely already know these effects firsthand. You may even think that there’s no point to quitting smoking, because the damage has already been done.

But a cosmetic dentist can repair the damage, so that even a longtime smoker can have a beautiful, healthy smile.

The Real Costs of Smoking for Your Smile

Smoking not only worsens sleep apnea, it can really make your smile unattractive. One of the first effects you will notice is the staining. Staining from smoking is also worse because it is concentrated in a certain area of your teeth, which makes it stand out even more. Smoking can also contribute to tartar buildup around your teeth and lead to receding gums. Receding gums reveal more of your tooth root, which can lead to tooth sensitivity, as well as making your teeth look unattractive. Smoking also contributes to gum disease, which can also cause receding gums and may even lead to tooth loss. Research shows that, compared to nonsmokers of a comparable age, smokers are likely to lose one to two more teeth over a 10-year period..

Fortunately, research also supports that if you stop smoking, your risks of tooth loss will go down.

Repairing the Damage of Smoking

The good news is that a cosmetic dentist has the power to fix damage done by smoking. Teeth whitening can be used to improve the appearance of stained teeth, but it may have limited effectiveness if you’re a long-time smoker. Instead, porcelain veneers can be used to make your smile as white as you want it.

Dental implants even give us the power to replace teeth lost due to smoking. You won’t have to live with gaps in your smile, and instead can have a complete and beautiful smile.

You Have to Quit If You Want to Fix Your Smile

But if you really want to undo the damage of smoking, you have to give up smoking or else your new attractive smile may be ruined. Whitened teeth will stain quickly if you keep smoking. Even porcelain veneers, which are very resistant to staining, may be stained by cigarette smoke.

Dental implants can also be damaged by smoking. Smoking impairs your body’s ability to heal around the implant, and the same gum disease that led to your lost tooth can also lead to the loss of your implant.

If you want to learn more about fixing the damage has done to your smile, please call 845-627-7645 for an appointment with a Rockland County cosmetic dentist at B & D Dental Excellence.