Lets face it, your smile says so much about who you are. Smiles are a universal form of communication regardless of what language you speak or country you come from. Your smile instantly communicates so much about how you feel about yourself, what kind of personality you have and how you feel about the company you are with.
Many people have low self esteem due to dissatisfaction with their smiles. So much that a smile can impact both personal and professional relationships. So know that we know all this, how can cosmetic dentistry help you? The art and science of cosmetic dentistry is constantly evolving. There are many different techniques and procedures to improve your smile. The first step towards an enhanced smile is identifying the problem that is bothering you. This could be a long long insecurity you've had or something more recent. Identify the problem first. Below are just a few common issues that can be corrected with the help of a cosmetic dentist.
Stained or Discolored Teeth - you may already like the look and shape of your teeth but the color is something you want to improve. A simple in office teeth whitening procedure could do the trick or even using some take home solution such as whitening trays or whitestrips. The biggest difference between the take home solutions and a "1 hour whitening procedure" is essentially the speed in which your teeth lighten. There is also a cost difference. The quicker the solution the higher the fee, but generally speaking both solutions can get great results.
Uneven Gums / Gummy Smile - A gum lift can corect a gummy smile. Gingival contouring using soft tissue laser can result in a better smile.
Missing Teeth - Your missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants or a fixed dental bridge. Both solutions have their pros and cons and its best to consult with a cosmetic dentist regarding these two options for replacing missing teeth.
Replacing Silver Fillings - Cosmetic dentistry has evolved and there are so many more materials that have a better cosmetic look. Most modern dental practices do not even use the old silver amalgam fillings because they use more up to date materials such as composite resins and all porcelain crowns.
Straightening Crooked or Crowded Teeth - There are in most cases a couple of options to straighten teeth. The first and most obvious is straightening your teeth through some form of orthodontic treatment whether that be traditional dental braces or nearly invisible braces that are removeable and not as visible. Dental braces can take years to straighten your teeth. The other option is much quicker and involves cosmetic dental restorations such as porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bridges or a combination. Porcelain veneers have become a very popular procedure in the field of cosmetic dentistry. They have been a popular cosmetic option for many years but recently have become more popular due to increased exposure in traditional media.
There are many different cosmetic problems that cosmetic dentistry procedures can fix. The best way to move forward is to set up a consulation with an experienced cosmetic dentist. During this initial smile consultation you will be able to discuss smile goals, concerns and really get to know the dentist. Ask to see the doctor's before and after photos so that you can see the type of problems the doctor has solved. After your consulation you should be presented with some treatment options and then its just a matter of finances. In many cases if you don't have all the money up front there are third party dental treatment finance companies willing to loan you money for cosmetic dentistry treatment. That of course is based upon approved credit.