Most people know the importance of taking care of their teeth for health reasons. But, did you know that a beautiful smile creates a positive first impression? In fact, according to recent studies, bad teeth can prevent qualified candidates from either getting a job or getting promoted. In this image conscious society, people are starting to realize the impact their smile has on the world. As a result, more individuals are turning to cosmetic dentistry to perfect their teeth.
Teeth Whitening or Bleaching
One of the simplest and most popular procedures is dental bleaching, or tooth whitening. This technique corrects many types of tooth discoloration due to aging, genetics, or poor oral hygiene. A typical in-office bleaching requires only one visit and potentially gives you a significant difference in teeth whiteness. After the bleaching, the dentist will most likely suggest several ways to maintain your whiter smile, such as avoiding stain-causing food and beverages and eliminating all forms of tobacco, which causes teeth to become discolored.
Braces and Veneers
Another sought-after option in cosmetic dentistry is correcting crooked teeth with traditional braces. This could be the result of an overcrowded mouth or a bite issue. If you feel uncomfortable with a metal device in your mouth for two to three years, some dentists are now recommending an alternative to metal brackets. They are clear, computer-designed removable teeth aligners, which straighten your teeth gradually, but have a more subtle appearance.
If, however, you need to change the shape, size and position of your teeth, you might need dental veneers. Dental veneers are made from either porcelain or resin composite materials and are routinely used to fix teeth that are discolored, chipped, or irregularly shaped, not just misaligned.
The Right Choice for You
Regardless of which procedure you choose, it’s important to do your research. Ask your general dentist for recommendations. Also, talk to any of your friends or colleagues who have undergone a smile makeover about their experiences. The right decision is the key to your new smile and your new first impression!