Is it time to get drastic with your teeth?
By David Buice
If the eyes are windows to the soul, then a great smile is certainly a window to overall wellbeing. There are few things that make us feel more assured and self-confident than a warm, radiant smile. If that’s something you’ve always wanted, modern dental science provides a number of ways to give you a smile makeover.
What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover involves undergoing one or more cosmetic dental procedures to improve your smile, most commonly including teeth whitening, dental veneers and crowns, composite bonding, tooth implants, and other remedial orthodontic treatments.
Bad teeth and self-image
From photos to first impressions, feeling self-conscious about your smile can lead to low self-esteem that can make it difficult for you to be your natural, best self when interacting with others.
In reality, there’s nothing abnormal about being concerned with how others perceive your smile as there can be social and professional ramifications for having bad teeth. Some people bring preconceived notions about other people’s teeth that might stand in the way of personal relationships or professional advancement.
What is the perfect smile?
We’re all unique, and there isn’t one particular smile that’s right for everyone. Our teeth, along with our faces, are different shapes and sizes, and what looks perfect on one person may look strange on another. The perfect smile is the one that you and your cosmetic dentist agree best suits you.
Are you a candidate?
If you’re not completely happy with your smile, you’re quite possibly a candidate for a smile makeover. More specifically, common reasons for getting a smile makeover commonly include crowded or crooked teeth, teeth that are yellow or brownish even when brushed, teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken, large gaps or spaces around teeth, or a “gummy” smile caused by having small teeth.
Maintaining the Results
It probably goes without saying, but anyone who decides that a smile makeover is right for them would do well to remember that cosmetic procedures require daily brushing and flossing at home along with regular dental checkups. Teeth whitening, for example, must be repeated occasionally to maintain brightness. Porcelain veneers may chip or break and need replacement. And while dental crowns typically will last 10 to 15 years and possibly longer, they too will need to be looked at regular to ensure they’re still in good condition.
If you’ve thought about the benefits of repairing your smile and considered the options, it will ultimately come time to make a decision—one that might be just the thing to give you the smile and self-confidence you’ve always wanted.