A beautiful smile is one of the greatest assets that you can carry through life since it is one of the first things that people notice about you. Unfortunately, there are many things that can interfere with a perfect smile, and you might have even started out in life with crooked or discolored teeth.
Being unhappy with your smile holds you back from success since it makes you feel less confident during normal life events such as going on a job interview. The good news is that your dentist has treatment options that can transform your life through improving your smile and self-confidence.
The first step toward getting a beautiful smile is to be willing to be honest with your dentist. During your initial exam, they will assess your overall oral health and identify problem areas that can be treated to provide you with a better smile.
As your dentist examines your teeth, let them know about things such as stains or large gaps that make you feel embarrassed. This way, they can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that improves your oral health along with the aesthetics of your smile.
Over time, teeth have a tendency to shift out of their ideal places, and you may find that you have developed gaps between your teeth even if you had braces as a kid. It is also possible that an incorrect bite has led to your teeth no longer being straight.
Today, adults have options for orthodontic treatment that allow you to get straighter teeth with minimal sacrifices. For instance, Invisalign offers a discrete option for braces that allows you to enjoy your normal diet. The new options for braces also make the process of getting straight teeth faster.
White teeth are associated with youthfulness. Sadly, that morning cup of coffee that you love so much may have led to you developing stained teeth that detract from your appearance. Although whitening kits are available over-the-counter, it is better to work with your dentist to remove stains.
Professional teeth whitening protects your enamel while gently removing stains. In some instances, a simple cleaning may be all it takes to remove surface stains that have recently appeared. Allowing your dentist to plan your whitening procedure ensures that it does not damage your teeth.
In some instances, you may have stains that do not respond to whitening or your thin enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through. You may also have minor chips or misshaped teeth that cause you to dislike your smile.
Veneers are an option for improving your smile that involves placing a special material over your teeth to smooth out imperfections. With proper care, veneers can last for many years, and they can even be used to close gaps or make teeth appear closer in size.
Missing teeth are a common reason why people hide their smile. Whether your tooth was lost in an accident or a removal was necessary to stop decay, choosing dental implants is a long-term solution for filling in those gaps.
Dental implants allow you to enjoy a more natural smile than what can be achieved with dentures. Once your implants are in place, you can eat, speak and laugh without worrying about your teeth shifting out of place.
Having a good-looking smile makes you happier, confident and more successful. When looking in the mirror makes you frown, contact Dr. M. Dawn Harvey, DMD, PC to discover your options for turning that frown upside down and into the smile of your dreams.