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Get the smile you’ve always wanted

Your smile can literally transform how someone feels about you when they meet you. It can impact your confidence; it can elevate your mood and make you feel better about yourself. Did you know that smiling can also produce more pleasure in your brain than chocolate can?

Being embarrassed by your teeth can be devastating to your self-esteem. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can transform your life and return a sense of pride to your life that you may have lived without for a very long time.

In this article, we will explore the different ways in which cosmetic dentistry can change your life and improve the quality of the life you live.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

Whether it is straightening crooked teeth, whitening your smile or filling gaps, there is a long list of options that your dentist can recommend after assessing your teeth. Let’s dig a little deeper into some of these options.

Whiter Teeth

Over the years, staining from lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking red wine, or dark-coloured drinks, can change the colour of your teeth. Sometimes, regular cleanings just aren’t enough to combat this problem. That is where professional teeth whitening can help brighten your smile.

Filled Gaps

Orthodontics, such as braces or retainers, are one day to fill gaps, however, they are a lengthy treatment process. There are other ways to treat gapped teeth. Porcelain veneers are one of the most common choices. Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are placed over your existing teeth to solve aesthetic problems, including gaps and chips. The procedure requires minimal tooth reduction to make room for the veneers.

Improving the Overall Look of Teeth (Crowns, Bridges and Dentures)

Dental crowns can serve as caps that sit directly on the surface of your teeth. Crowns can either be ceramic or can be dental alloy over the ceramic. Crowns can restore tooth anatomy, cover highly stained teeth and strengthen a tooth that has undergone a root canal.

Improve the Overall Health of Your Mouth/Teeth

Cosmetic dentistry can be beneficial for overall oral health. Damaged teeth can put you at risk for tooth decay and these signs may not be easy to spot early on. Unnoticed, these issues can result in infections and foul breath, leading to gum disease or periodontal disease.

Read More: Maintaining Your Teeth as You Age

Cosmetic Treatments to Give Your Smile a Makeover

When you meet someone, you want to exude the right type of confidence and vibes. Being proud of your smile is probably the easiest way to display that confidence and it allows you to socialize and interact with others in a much more pleasant manner. Being ashamed of your smile may be preventing you from enjoying life to the fullest and living your best life. Specific treatment, such as the following, can help change that.

Teeth Whitening

The advanced whitening techniques used by cosmetic dentists far outweighs any of the over the counter methods, which can actually damage your teeth over time. Whitening is a quick and simple solution to transforming your smile from drab to fab.

Read More: Teeth Whitening: What You Need to Know

Veneers

All of those perfect teeth you see on magazine covers, chances are, they’ve had porcelain veneers applied to their teeth. Veneers are custom-fit over your original teeth, resembling their natural state. They can provide you with a straighter and whiter smile, and are even stain resistant due to their chemical composition.

Read More: Dental Veneers: Pros, Cons, and Other Options

Crowns

Dental crowns would be used in a case where protection for a weak tooth is needed (i.e. decay), to restore a broken or worn down tooth, to cover and support a tooth with a filling, holding dental bridges in place, cover discoloured teeth, cover implants or to cover a tooth treated with a root canal.

Bridges

Bridges would be used to restore a smile, restore one’s ability to chew properly, restoring speech and pronunciation, maintaining the shape of your face, re-adjusting your bite to properly distribute force when you chew and preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of the correct position.

Enamel Shaping

Enamel shaping is a non-surgical dental procedure which improves the appearance of your teeth. This process involves physically shaping the outer enamel layer of your natural teeth to correct uneven or overlapped teeth. It can also fix small chips or other surface abnormalities. It is a more natural alternative to dental veneers or tooth bonding but not a direct substitute. You are still constrained to the limitations of your natural teeth in this process.

Porcelain and Composite Inlays

Inlays are custom fit fillings made in a lab.
Porcelain inlay, which is coloured to match your tooth and aesthetically pleasing, are stain resistant and hard. Coloured composites are also aesthetically pleasing. Both are bonded or glued with special cements.

Zoom Whitening

Zoom whitening has become one of the most popular teeth whitening treatments available, and for many reasons. The results are immediate and long-lasting. Other tooth whitening options tend to take weeks or even months to yield results, often requiring you to put in a lot of effort. Zoom whitening requires far less commitment and you can have a new smile within days vs. weeks or months.

Cosmetic Dentures

Full or partial dentures can be easily remodeled as a cosmetic denture. A full cosmetic denture can enhance the shape of your teeth, gums and colour. Full dentures also allow you to speak and eat solid food confidently by naturally filling out your cheeks and lips. Partial cosmetic dentures do not have wires or clips that hold them in place. They are attached to existing teeth and are customized to fit well. They are matched as best as possible with your natural smile and gums. Partial dentures do not require the surrounding teeth to be altered and are removable or secured with dental implants.

It’s Not Just About Cosmetics

While that would typically be the main reason to seek out cosmetic dentistry, the truth is that it can actually improve your oral health significantly. Ultimately, the basis for healthy teeth and gums is good oral hygiene. For corrections, however, there are many effective and paint-free treatments available to achieve that perfect smile or brilliant and balanced white teeth. Concoct your local dental professional to discuss your options so that you can transform your smile.

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