Smile Makeovers – Improving Self Confidence
Your teeth are some of the first things people notice when they meet you, and this is why people with dental issues sometimes feel self-conscious about their smile. Thankfully, advances in cosmetic enhancement and restorative dentistry makes it possible for anyone to improve their smile and boost their self esteem.
A poll conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that, while 99.7% of respondents said they considered a good smile to be a highly important social asset, only 50% of those same respondents indicated that they were satisfied with their own smile. Additionally, the Academy reported that people between the ages of 31 and 50 are most unhappy with their smile, are most concerned with making a good first impression through a strong smile, and most frequently seek out information on cosmetic dentistry.
Here is an overview of the most common procedures used in cosmetic dentistry:
Inlays and Onlays – also known as indirect fillings, they are used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay and there is not enough tooth structure left to support a filling. The inlay is placed directly onto the tooth’s surface and helps strengthen teeth, restore their shape and avoid any further decay.
Composite Bonding – this is the repair of decayed, damaged or discolored teeth using composite material that resembles the color of the tooth enamel. This effectively covers the damage of the tooth and gives the appearance of a healthy tooth. Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures available to patients with tooth decay or chipped/cracked teeth.
Dental Veneeers – these are made individually for each patient to resemble one’s natural teeth. Veneers appear realistic and can resolve numerous cosmetic problems, ranging from crooked/cracked teeth, to noticeable gaps between two teeth. The dentist applies the veneer to the front of each tooth using a dental adhesive.
Teeth Whitening – is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures and can be performed at home or at a dentist’s office. Whitening should occur after plaque, tartar and other debris are cleaned from the surface of each tooth, restoring their natural appearance. Teeth can also be bleached to achieve an even lighter shade than this original color, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site.
If you are interested in improving your smile and your self-confidence with cosmetic dentistry procedures, make sure to find a cosmetic dentist who specifically offers the option(s) you are interested in. Check out this video about Teeth Whitening from Dr. Nick’s WHITE and Healthy!