It is said that in spring, “love is in the air.” That might be true also in February.

After the cold of winter turns a little milder and the limitation of outdoor activities subsides, one feels compelled to “get out there!” You have just one chance to make a first impression, and it would be a shame for it to spoiled by an unattractive smile.

Subconsciously, when meeting with others, it is the smile (or lack thereof) that people most notice and remember about your appearance.

At the moment, our face masks cover our smiles, whether pretty or not. We hope that mask wearing will not last forever. Still, do not let yourself get caught short in looking your very best.

No matter what the issue there, solutions are available. If you wear a denture and the teeth are too short, too long, worn, broken, missing or discolored, the solution is obviously a new denture.

If any of those conditions are in your natural teeth, bridge, or partial denture, the remedies are among the following:

For a partial denture, metal clasping the teeth that show is not an attractive site. There are flexible, more modern partial dentures that are comfortable, and are retained without metal clasps. If this applies, do yourself a favor and inquire about this more modern approach.

For natural teeth, there is whitening, composite resin and porcelain restorations. The composite resin is like a filling material that can be matched to your existing teeth. This is best for smaller corrections such as chips, small space closing, covering discoloration and many more.

If the teeth need to be lengthened or the corrections are higher in number, then porcelain coverings as veneers and crowns are the best solution.

If the problem is an existing bridge, crown or veneer, the only solution is to fix is to have it remade.

No one knows when this mask mandate will end, and therefore you probably have time to improve your smile and appearance. Don’t put it off!

James G. Jenkins, D.M.D. is the owner of Bluffton Dental Care in Bluffton