Exchanging a smile with someone should be a pleasant experience. It should display confidence and trustworthiness. But important people in your career path (like potential clients or supervisors) may get the wrong impression if your smile is one you’re always hiding or appears unhealthy. Ultimately, your smile’s appearance can even affect your self-esteem.
Cosmetic dentistry can help. There’s a wide range of options available that can significantly improve the look of your teeth and even the way you feel about yourself. It’s a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd when you’re looking to score that next job or business partnership.
A Smart Investment in Yourself
Something as easy as teeth whitening, or bleaching is a quick cosmetic option for your natural teeth. For a longer lasting, and more drastic effect, you can consider bonding, veneers, crowns, and implants.
Let’s go a bit further in depth to explore the benefits of each.
- Teeth Whitening
There are a multitude of bleaching options available on the market. Systems are found over the counter, or professional-grade kits are available from your dentist for in-office administration or at-home use.
If you have mild staining or discoloration, then whitening toothpaste maybe all you need. For maximum effectiveness, use a product with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient.
On the same shelf as the whitening toothpaste you’ll find bleaching strips. These are more powerful and teeth with mild to moderate discoloration will respond the best. There are also dissolvable or removable strips that are lined with a whitening gel. You’ll wear them for several minutes a day, depending on the individual system. Just be sure to read the instructions and follow them properly in order to get optimum results. When choosing which system to get, look at the percentage of whitening ingredient in each one.
Keep in mind that just like box color for your hair, over-the-counter bleaching products for teeth are not nearly as effective or dazzling as professional-grade whitening solutions.
Professional treatments are available through your dentist and a better solution for stubborn staining, discoloration, or more dramatic results.
Trays that are custom fitted to your mouth are filled with prescription strength whitening gel for each use (about an hour at a time.) After a few days of wearing the trays at home, you’ll notice a difference.
There’s another professional whitening system that is completed in-office and uses a gel which is activated by a special LED light. With this method your teeth will be several shades whiter before leaving the dental office. It’s great if you’re short on time and need to make an important first impression (like that last-minute job interview!)
Please note that bleaching only works on natural teeth. If you have any previous dental restorations, they won’t change.
In this case you should look into other options like:
For this single-appointment treatment, our cosmetic dentist will minimally buff or condition the affected surface of your tooth to allow room for the bonding material. A composite material, available in a variety of shades, will be added to the area and sculpted into a beautiful shape that complements your natural teeth. If bonding is taken care of properly, it can last several years.
- Composite Fillings
Amalgam (silver) fillings work great to restore teeth, but they have a negative effect on the esthetics of our smile. Composites are white, and made from the same high-quality material used in bonding. With these types of fillings, you can smile as big and open as wide as you want, and no one will have to see dark shadows on your teeth.
- Dental Implants
Used to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants can take anywhere from three to six months to complete from start to finish—but boy, are they worth the wait! The great news is they’re with you for life.
An implant is a biocompatible titanium “root” that is placed into the bone near where your natural tooth once sat. The initial placement procedure is quite simple, making it a relatively comfortable process. Over the next few months, new bone will form around the threads of the implant, fusing to it tightly. When the time is right and the implant is tightly anchored to your bone, a crown or other restoration will be placed over the implant.
The procedure may seem lengthy, but once the wait is over, you’ll have a highly durable tooth that can last you a lifetime.
If your teeth aren’t restorable, don’t panic. A cosmetic dentist can still give you a beautiful smile by making a customized denture.
The acrylic on your prosthetic mimics that of natural gum tissue and can be colored to coordinate with your skin tone. The teeth themselves are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and shades. Our cosmetic dentists will help you select the best style for your profile and personality!
- Dental Veneers
This is an extremely popular option for people with discolored, crooked, gapped, or misshapen teeth. Veneers are shells of porcelain that are custom-fabricated and then permanently bonded to the front of your visible teeth, changing how they look. When it comes to dramatic results and Hollywood-style smile makeovers, veneers are the go-to option.
Most people choose to get 6-8 veneers across the front of their mouth. Since they are custom-made and spread the length of your smile line, they can be any color and shape imaginable. Veneers, unlike bonding, do not stain and tend to last longer.
- Porcelain Crowns
Just like a veneer, a crown improves the look of a tooth, but it also serves another purpose. A crown protects the natural tooth underneath by completely covering it. Our cosmetic dentist may decide that a crown is a better option if your tooth in question is too short, broken, or decayed.
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