Think of the last time you posed for a picture. Did you flash your pearly whites or did you hide your teeth? If the appearance of your teeth is keeping you from feeling your best, you will be glad to know that there are simple solutions. Today, many people benefit from cosmetic dentistry – a wide range of techniques that can enhance your smile. Thanks to improved technology and materials, cosmetically enhanced teeth look more natural and last longer than they did in the past. You don’t have to settle for teeth that are chipped, stained or crooked. Skilfully blending science and art, your dentist can “sculpt” a more attractive smile for you.
A smile is a powerful way to communicate. But if you feel self-conscious about your teeth, you may lose this power by not smiling at all or by covering your mouth when you smile. What, then, do you communicate to others? Do people see you as unfriendly or shy? Do they make judgements about you simply because your teeth look unhealthy? Why should you risk making these false impressions? A new smile will help you make a great impression – both personally and professionally.
Satisfied with your Smile?
When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? Even a slight flaw in one of your teeth can detract from an otherwise attractive smile. Do you have any stained or discoloured teeth or fillings?
Are any of your teeth crowded, overlapping or crooked?
Are you gums red, swollen, receding or bleeding?
Are you missing teeth or do you have large gaps between teeth?
Do any of your teeth have uneven shapes due to chips, fractures or rough edges?
Do your teeth seem out of proportion?
Smiles by Design
Your dentist is skilled at a variety of techniques that can create a more dazzling smile. Your dental evaluation helps determine whether you are a good candidate for a newly designed smile. If so, your dentist may recommend a cosmetic dentistry procedure.
What’s in a Smile?
It can dazzle and sparkle, charm and entice. It says “Let’s talk:, “I care”, “Cheer Up”. A smile communicates your feelings about yourself and others. Like the lines, colours and shapes in a painting, your teeth should work together to produce a pleasing effect. A bright smile projects warmth, approval, pleasure, or self-confidence. But a dull smile is much like a sculpture eroded by rain and wind – some of the beauty and lustre is lost. Your dentist has the artistic and dental skills necessary to restore or “touch up” your teeth to produce a more pleasing smile – one that projects the image you want to communicate in your personal and professional lives.
A Dazzling Smile
Healthy teeth form the foundation of an appealing smile. Teeth are free from decay and look attractive. The overall appearance of your upper and lower six front teeth is most important since these teeth are the most visible when you smile.
A Dull Smile
Unhealthy teeth are often diseased and show unsightly signs of decay. Stained or crooked teeth are two other flaws that detract from a smile.
- Stained or Discoloured Teeth –Old fillings, injury to tooth, smoking or some foods may cause stains. Brown or grey teeth are often a side effect of medications taken in childhood.
- Crooked Teeth –
May develop during early childhood. Not having enough space to accommodate your teeth is likely the result of your genetic heritage.
- Red Swollen Gums –
Inflamed gums may bleed easily on touch and recede. Unhealthy gums are often caused by improper brushing.
- Gaps in Teeth –
Missing teeth or teeth too small for your mouth produce gaps between your teeth. Causes could be genetic or result from gum disease.
- Chipped Teeth –
Injuries or wear can cause chips and fractures. A worn flat look may result from grinding your teeth.
Your Dental Evaluation
A thorough dental evaluation helps your dentist assess the general health and cosmetic appearance of your teeth and gums. The next step may be to determine the best options for enhancing your smile and whether preparatory dental treatment is needed. This is a good time to ask questions, so your decisions can be based on an understanding of the different techniques available. It may also help you realize that cosmetic dentistry cannot create perfection, but can greatly improve the appearnace of your teeth.
Making your Decision
Cosmetic dentistry procedures differ in many ways. Cost, special care, and durability are a few of the variables. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each option can help you make an informed decision.