How often do you look at your smile, and what you see disappoints or embarrasses you?
More than a quarter of people in the U.S. report that they don’t like smiling because of their teeth, according to a recent study. The same study indicated that 28 percent of people don’t show their smile when taking pictures on social media because they assume their teeth are “unattractive.” Moreover, 81% of those in the survey stated that they believe their teeth look unattractive in photographs in general.
While preventative services are the key to having and maintaining a healthy smile, we realize that even with the most diligent care some of our patients are still disappointed with their teeth.
Teeth are more than just a way to break down food, after all—they’re the first thing someone notices about you!
In the same study, 42% of people said their smile was the first thing they would change about themselves if they could. The good news there is that, through the evolution of cosmetic dentistry, there are many cost-conscious and pain-free options today to make over your smile.
Some patients have admitted feeling apprehensive when perusing cosmetic procedures. And it’s not even about discomfort! The leading fear is that they might look vain. We believe those fears are unwarranted. The procedures done in our office help to rebuild smiles that ultimately help to boost lives. If you are struggling with your self-confidence around your smile, give us a call today to learn what we can do.
Below is an overview of the most popular cosmetic procedures, following along with the handy video shared above.
The popularity of tooth whitening has been increasing faster than ever, making it the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry on the market today. Professional tooth whitening removes stains and brightens your smile, resulting in a lighter shade of teeth.
Many dentists note that patients come in for whitening before important interviews or big events like a wedding. This quick and easy procedure leaves patients more confident about their smile and appearance overall.
If you are ready to take the next step, the first thing to do is talk to your dentist. There are advantages and disadvantages to both bleaching and laser treatments, and it is best to discuss these options with your dentist.
- If you choose teeth bleaching, you will be fitted with a custom mouth tray for treatments. These treatments can be done at home; however, it could require several office visits to ensure the amount of whitening solution applied is correct and that you are reaching your desired outcome.
- Laser bleaching is great option for patients who want to be done in one visit. At the office, a bleaching agent is applied to your teeth and then a laser is used to activate energy-absorbing crystals that penetrate the teeth enamel, producing a brightening effect. While this method is usually a little more expensive, it is the quickest and ensures the most noticeable results.
Braces or Invisalign
Many people are most familiar with traditional braces that work by placing pressure on the teeth to change their position. Braces are the most common orthodontic appliance and have changed substantially since many of us were children. Fortunately, braces today are more comfortable and less obtrusive than braces of the past.
Invisalign is another option if you are looking for something that can easily go unnoticed but still give you the result of straight teeth. There are several benefits unique to Invisalign. For example, you can remove your Invisalign when eating or brushing your teeth (in fact, you’re supposed to). This allows you to remove plaque fully and not worry about particles left behind wires or brackets. You are ultimately required to wear the Invisalign 20-22 hours a day, but that allows for a little flexibility if you have a big meeting or presentation.
Whatever option you choose, it will be worth it for the straight smile in the end!
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are used to recreate the natural look of teeth while also strengthening the tooth. Each individual veneer is uniquely crafted for a patient. This ensures your smile remains natural. Veneers allow for small adjustments to the color, tooth size or shape, and position of the tooth.
If a tooth needs more a dramatic change than veneers or enamel shaping can provide, crowns are an option. The outer part of the tooth is removed and a crown is placed over it. The crown can be made to fit in with your other teeth. It’s like a fresh start for your tooth.