Smile please

Did you know that in most cases the first thing a stranger will notice about you is your smile. Your smile can actually say a lot about you. In fact, having crooked, stained or yellow teeth, can add years to your actual age. This can hinder someones first impression of you; and in the case of finding a job or meeting someone new to start a relationship with, this can be devastating. This is where your dentist comes in. When you think of cosmetic surgery you don’t tend to think of dentistry, but there are cosmetic dental procedures that can help you with these problems and give you a smile that will impress.

Having crooked teeth or simply a small gap in the front two are quickly noticeable when you smile. Years ago the only method around involved attaching huge metal braces that added embarrassment to your daily life. Thankfully, you now have the option of something better- invisible braces.

These braces include a series of removable, clear aligners that both orthodontists and dentists use to promote an invisible way of straightening your teeth. They are custom made for your teeth and will give you a straight smile with the likelihood of nobody even knowing you had them in the first place.

Your teeth are molded in the office and you are given clear aligners that are worn every day, gradually pulling your teeth into the right position. These work well with crooked teeth, but can also be used for simple gaps. So whatever issue you have with your teeth, be it a gap, crookedness, or overbite, you can correct them with these invisible braces and improve your smile.

Now lets say your problem is a simple cracked tooth, misshapen tooth, or an overlapping. You don’t really need the whole system of braces for these. Your best route would be to have tooth reshaping, or contouring. This procedure is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry and can be done in one visit. One way your dentist can achieve this is by removing only a small amount of tooth enamel, and contouring your problem tooth into a more pleasing shape for an improved smile.(sometimes fillers or other products are needed) Just imagine walking in with a dental problem that causes you to feel ugly or shy, and walking out the same day grinning confidently from ear to ear. This can be acquired at an affordable cost that vary by office, so make sure you check with your local dentist to get this started.

As a final step to correcting your smile though cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening is probably the last procedure in your journey. Your teeth can be stained on the surface from many different foods and drinks; such as coffee, tea, smoking, or red wine. And in some cases your tooth enamel may be discolored and/or dull simply due to aging or chemical damage. In either of these areas, professional teeth whitening is the cosmetic treatment to get your teeth back to their natural color. These treatments are done in the dentist office and are generally painless and affordable. Results are instant and last anywhere from 6-12 months.

Once your problems are corrected and your teeth are bright, it’s time to get out there and greet the world with your smile! Then the next problem when you smile could be your wrinkes.

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