Lots of people are embarrassed about their smile. They believe that they teeth are crooked, or they hate their overly pointy canine teeth. Many of us feel that we can’t possibly compete with the bright white smiles we see in the media. Well, truth be told – many of those perfect smiles have had some work!
It’s more common than you think and it need not be just for the mega stars. In fact, more and more people from all walks of life are opting to improve their smiles with a bit of help from a cosmetic dentist.
You don’t have to pay Hollywood prices to improve your smile. There are so many options in cosmetic dentistry these days you can choose from a range of treatments that won’t break the bank.
Your Cosmetic Options
When considering the best way to improve your smile your best source of advice is a professional cosmetic dental practice. Many practices offer some cosmetic procedures but may not have much experience in this area. Select a practice that does cosmetic dentistry on an everyday basis to ensure you are getting highly experienced professionals who know what cosmetic procedure will work for you.
Here’s an overview of the most popular treatments.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Sometimes called dental porcelain laminates these improve your smile by the application of a very fine porcelain shell to the outside of your teeth. Bonded to the front of the tooth, porcelain dental veneers can improve the colour, size, shape and even the length of the tooth.
An affordable way to improve your appearance, cosmetic teeth bonding can cover blemishes, restore worn teeth or disguise teeth that are slightly crooked. White bonding material is put over the teeth in a relatively simple and effective procedure that can yield great results.
Tooth Whitening & Zoom
A wide range of factors can cause people to be unhappy with their smile. Often it’s the actual colour of their teeth. Tooth whitening can be a great way to improve your appearance as it can remove the discolouration caused by ageing, caffeine and smoking. The treatments range from home whitening systems to the professional Zoom laser whitening system. Zoom is a special bleaching process that used in combination with ultraviolet light to create almost immediate whitening of the teeth.
Cosmetic Gum Lifts
An important part of a great smile is the proportion of gum to tooth. If this is out of balance, it can affect your smile and your confidence. If your smile is a little too “gummy” or your teeth seem too short, there is something you can do about it. Cosmetic gum lifts can help to adjust your gum-line to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums. The procedure requires minimal recovery and can make all the difference to your smile.
Some dental practitioners are taking a more holistic view of dentistry in order to improve the overall appearance of a person’s face. This is a unique area of dentistry that uses facial cosmetic procedures in conjunction with traditional dental treatments. The aim is to find the best possible outcome for a person’s appearance based on a sound dental foundation. This takes into account the tissue around the mouth and face that can be treated with injectables to improve the overall aesthetic effect of a person’s face. As few dental practices have the specialised skills required to perform these procedures you should carefully choose the right practice before committing to proceed. See our blog Choose The Right Cosmetic Dentist.
The right cosmetic dentist can rejuvenate your smile so it pays to spend the time choosing the right practitioner.