Do you dislike the way you look in mirrors or in photographs because of the appearance of your smile? Have you stopped smiling, laughing, or eating in public? Do you think you’re stuck with the smile you have? It’s time to smile again, laugh again, and love the way you look in pictures. Cosmetic dentistry technology means that virtually any complaint you may have about the appearance of your smile can be corrected.
To find out how cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your smile, please call (845) 783-6466 today for an appointment with a Harriman cosmetic dentist at Harriman Family Dental.
Why an Attractive Smile Is a Vital Asset
Many people think that cosmetic dentistry is a luxury or something to put on your someday wish list, but the truth is that your smile is important, and that you use your smile every day of your life.
Perhaps most importantly, your smile is an essential part of your image of yourself. From your first awakening in the morning until just before bedtime, your face in the mirror may be the first thing and the last thing you see every day. It shapes your sense of self, for good or bad.
And you’re not the only one judging you on the basis of your smile. When surveyed about what they most want in a potential date, both men and women cite a smile above everything. And when surveyed about hiring practices, most managers would hire someone with an attractive smile over someone with similar qualifications but an unattractive smile. And they would offer them a higher starting salary.
When asked what they remember from a person after their first meeting, twice as many people say the smile of their new acquaintance, not what they said, what they wore, or how they smelled. And when speaking fondly of a deceased person, the smile is the most commonly cited attribute.
To a great extent, your smile is your image, both to yourself and to others. And that makes an attractive smile crucial to everyone.
What Do You Dislike about Your Smile?
It would be nice if everyone developed and maintained a beautiful smile, but that’s not the way the world works. Instead, many of us are unhappy with some element of our smile, including:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Small or poorly shaped teeth
- Gaps in the smile
- Crooked teeth
- Missing teeth
All of these characteristics have the ability to undermine the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can fix them all.
Discolored Teeth Solutions
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth because they are discolored, we can help. There are two kinds of tooth discoloration. Extrinsic discoloration, often called simply stains, occur when dark-colored foods and beverages come in contact with your teeth. Molecules from the food and drink become embedded in the surface layers of your enamel, causing them to be discolored. The simplest treatment for tooth stains is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening uses a strong form of hydrogen peroxide to break down the molecules that cause the stains, leaving your teeth whiter.
The second kind of discoloration is called intrinsic discoloration, when the tooth isn’t stained from the outside, it’s darker inside and it shows. Intrinsic discoloration doesn’t respond to teeth whitening and has to be covered with porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
Minor chips and cracks to your teeth occur all the time. This is usually related to tooth trauma, but sometimes it can be related to bite problems like TMJ. Very small chips can sometimes just be buffed out. More serious but still minor chips can covered with dental restorations. Dental bonding is a quick and cost-effective option for a chipped tooth, but porcelain veneers are more attractive and more durable.
For more serious tooth cracking, a dental crown may be required to support your tooth, and if the crack has exposed the pulp of the tooth, we might recommend a root canal treatment to avoid infection.
Small or Poorly Shaped Teeth
Sometimes your teeth might just look too small for your face. This may be related to overgrown gums, and gum recontouring can be used to enlarge your teeth. Or your teeth might actually be small. It might be that all of your teeth are small or poorly shaped, or you might have a problem with one or two teeth like a peg lateral or retained baby tooth.
For teeth that just need a little enlargement or reshaping, dental bonding or porcelain veneers might be the right choice. If the tooth is very small, a dental crown might be the best option to build it up.
Crooked Teeth and Gaps in Your Smile
If you are unhappy with gaps in your smile or teeth that are crooked, we can take several different approaches. Sometimes the quickest and most effective approach is to reshape the offending teeth using dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
But if the problem involves more than one or two teeth, and your teeth are generally attractive–just misplaced–it might be best to take an orthodontic approach. Six Month Smiles does great with cosmetic smile improvements, but Invisalign is also a good choice. If your jaw needs reshaping, a functional orthodontic treatment is recommended.
In the past, missing teeth were either left as a gap or replaced with dentures. But now we have more attractive and more functional alternatives: dental bridges and dental implants. Both these options can give you a healthy, full smile that is as functional as if you’d never lost a tooth.
What’s the Right Cosmetic Dentistry for You?
Are you unsure what is the best cosmetic dentistry approach to improve your smile? Please (845) 783-6466 today for an appointment with a Harriman cosmetic dentist at Harriman Family Dental.