Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s arguably your most important feature. But if you struggle with a smile that’s not as good as it could be, your confidence could suffer.
Many people have problems with their teeth that make them feel self-conscious. It may hold you back in your personal life and even in your professional pursuits. In fact, 74 percent of people feel that an unattractive smile could hurt your career, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
You don’t have to live with a smile that you don’t love. Perhaps you have an important event coming up and want to have an unforgettable smile. Or, maybe you find yourself covering your mouth when you smile or laugh, worrying about your teeth when you interact with others. If this sounds like you, it might be time to take a look at all the cosmetic dentistry options available today.
The number one cosmetic dental procedure in America is teeth whitening. Many people have teeth that have gotten yellowed or stained over time, either from food and drink, certain medications, smoking, or just normal aging. Teeth that are not bright white can be embarrassing, even if you take good care of your mouth with proper dental care.
If you’re looking for a way to get whiter teeth fast, start with your dentist. Most dentists have safe, highly effective whitening systems that can get you a dramatically whiter smile in just one treatment. These specialized treatments are more powerful than the over-the-counter whitening products you see in stores, and are generally more comfortable too. Even those with sensitive teeth can often tolerate the professional systems used by dentists, and they can be customized for your unique needs.
If you’ve ever looked at the perfect teeth of a celebrity and wondered how they got that smile, there’s a good chance they used veneers. Veneers are thin and durable porcelain shells that are custom made for your mouth and adhered to your natural teeth. They give the appearance of beautifully shaped, white, natural teeth and they last for years with proper dental care.
Veneers are useful for a variety of issues, including:
- Teeth that are severely discolored or difficult to whiten
- Teeth that are misshapen
- Chips or broken teeth
- Misalignment or mildly crooked teeth
Repairing specific areas of concern
Our teeth take a lot of abuse in our daily lives. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things like chips, cracks, or other issues can’t be avoided.
A broken tooth can affect your overall smile and detract from your entire face. Tooth bonding is a process that involves directly attaching special material to a chipped tooth to “fill in” and repair the chipped area. Bonding provides a very natural, beautiful look that is customized to the size, shape, and color of your teeth.
Porcelain crowns and fillings are also great options if you need a cavity filled, or if you have a tooth that needs to be restored due to erosion or other damage. Today, you don’t have to get silver fillings and gold crowns. Porcelain crowns can be designed to look even better than your original tooth! Often, people decide to get their teeth whitened and then have their porcelain crown matched to the new, whiter color for a whole mouth makeover.
Your mouth speaks volumes about you
With the expertise of your dentist, you can get a smile that will turn heads. Don’t settle for less than a radiant, healthy smile that makes you feel great. Teeth that don’t look their best may be holding you back from having the confidence you deserve.
Call our Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, TX, dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.