If given a choice, most people would choose to make an improvement to their appearance. It always feels good after a fresh new haircut, a new outfit, or an improvement to your smile. With some minor work, cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile and give you a confidence boost as well.
A few changes to your smile can transform the way you feel about yourself, which is why we offer so many cosmetic dentistry solutions to our patients. No matter what it is that bothers you about your smile, we can help you make improvements.
Before you make decisions for the improvement of your smile, we recommend that you think about what changes you’re really like to see. Here’s some questions to help get you started. From there, we’ll talk about some common smile complaints we see from our patients and how we can correct those problems.
Are you unhappy with your smile?
The first question you have to answer is are you unhappy with your smile? Most people are unhappy with some aspect of their smile. It’s a common complaint about appearance.
An attractive smile is very important to people. We want to make sure when people see us smile that they like what they see. After all, your smile is one of your best assets. People know when you’re not happy. Answer these simple questions to help you decide.
How do you respond when someone wants to take a photo of you?
When someone points a camera at you and asks you to smile, what do you do? Do you refuse to take a photo altogether? Do you cover your smile behind your hand? These are signs of someone who is unhappy with their smile!
Do you smile with your teeth?
We all have opportunities to smile and laugh during the day. How do you act in these moments? People who are confident with their teeth will smile or laugh without any hesitation. If you’re not confident you’ll keep your lips closed, cover your smile, or look down when smiling or laughing.
If you could relate, you know you probably need some cosmetic dental work. After all, you want a confident smile, don’t you? Let’s look at some areas of improvement and some of the solutions.
What needs to be improved?
For most people, the area of improvement will fall into one of the following three categories: color, repairing damage, or changing the shape of your teeth. Some of this damage comes from aging and normal wear and tear, but it can also come from injury or accident!
Color: Most color damage comes from a lifetime of eating and drinking. Every smile is going to darken over time, but some smiles go faster than others. Smoking and tetracycline stains (from antibiotics) can cause your color change to be more dramatic.
Damage: A wrong bite, a knock to the teeth, or a weak tooth can end the same way: damage. Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth are more common than you might realize. Always have a damaged tooth checked for signs of decay before you decide on cosmetic treatment.
Shape: The shape of your teeth is normally a genetic thing. Your teeth might be short and wide, too thin, gapped, or your gums might overpower the whites of your teeth. In any case, the shape of your teeth can affect the way you feel about your smile!
How to Get the Smile of Your Dreams
Damage can always be corrected! There are so many things that can go wrong with your smile, so it’s good to know that there are ways to fix the problems you see. We mentioned specific areas of damage. Now, we would like to talk about cosmetic options that will allow you to get the smile of your dreams.
Whitening: If you are looking to improve the color of your smile, we recommend not using the over-the-counter whitening methods you see advertised in the drugstore. Those have not been proven safe for regular use. Instead, you can have quality, professional whitening done in our office.
Dental Bonding: For teeth that are cracked, chipped, have gaps, or have areas of discoloration, you should consider cosmetic dental bonding. Dental bonding uses a pliable resin material to cover and shape your teeth.
The material will fill the gaps, chips, and cracks with a solution that matches the color of your teeth perfectly. We layer bonding material over and around your teeth until the damage is no longer visible. This is a wonderful solution if you’re looking for a cost-effective way to get excellent cosmetic improvements with minimal time and hassle.
Veneers: Sometimes, whitening and dental bonding just won’t do. The entire tooth may need to be completely covered. Whatever the problem might be, beautiful porcelain veneers will bring back that beautiful smile, but the process is more in depth than bonding or whitening. Though the results will last much longer.
To place veneers, we need to prepare your teeth, take impressions, and craft custom veneers for your smile. We find that placing implants in sets of 4, 8, or 12 create the most natural result for your smile. You will then enjoy your new smile for the next 20+ years before needing to replace or repair your porcelain veneers.
Want to Learn More?
Are you looking to improve your smile? Cosmetic dentistry might be the way to go, and we can help you make that decision. Contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!