There are many reasons why people may feel self-conscious when they smile and, as a result, they just don’t smile as often. Missing, broken, or decayed teeth, yellowed or discolored teeth, or crooked and misaligned teeth are some of the most common reasons people cite for not smiling. However, there are ways to correct these issues through cosmetic dentistry.
This is an especially busy time of year for dentists, in part because people receive their tax refunds. Instead of spending their rebate on clothes or phones, they’ve made the decision to invest in themselves and improve their smile.
The Psychology Behind a Smile
For a confident person, smiling is easy. Studies have shown that a smile is key to a positive impression when we meet someone for the first time. A smile that exposes less-than-perfect teeth may cause a person to hide their mouth behind a hand or offer a close-mouthed grin instead of an open smile. Today, people are more likely to comment on the state of someone’s teeth. And that makes many of us much less apt to share a smile when we feel apprehensive about how we look. A smile makeover is a great investment in oneself.
For someone who is experiencing dental problems, whether they are cosmetic or a combination of poor dental health and cosmetic issues, an array of procedures may be required to repair them. Cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of techniques to whiten and brighten the teeth, repair teeth that are cracked or chipped, restore teeth that are decayed, and replace those that are missing. Repairing a smile is not only a confidence booster, it can improve a person’s overall dental, physical, and emotional health.
Dental issues that appear to be cosmetic in nature may have other underlying causes affecting dental and physical health. Malocclusion, or bite issues, may cause other physical problems in the body. Old fillings eventually become damaged and should be checked for additional decay underneath and around their edges. Untreated dental issues can cause cardiovascular problems and complications for those with diabetes, and increase the risk of respiratory issues.
The Wonders of Cosmetic Dentistry
Technological advancements in dentistry provide long-term, professional results for most cosmetic issues. Here are a few of the treatments available:
- Inlays and onlays are used for fillings and can be matched to the same shade as the natural teeth. They’re made from porcelain or a composite material that is durable and long-lasting.
- Veneers are composite or porcelain laminates that are bonded to the natural teeth with an adhesive. This technique is used to cover severely stained, chipped, or cracked teeth, or for filling gaps between teeth.
- Teeth whitening is the most common procedure requested for cosmetic purposes. Teeth are stained by drinking coffee, tea, or wine. In most cases, bleaching or whitening can improve the appearance of teeth and brighten the smile.
- Crowns and bridges are used to replace missing teeth or to provide support for a natural tooth that has undergone extensive repairs and is structurally weak.
- Bite correction repairs malocclusion and jaw misalignment. Whether an underbite, overbite, or open bite, without treatment, these issues can cause headaches, jaw popping, and, in more severe cases, sleep disturbances and even back pain. Correction can significantly change your appearance through a combination of treatments, including veneers, crowns and other repairs.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, 40 million Americans avoid going to the dentist due to apprehension and fear. Through calming aids such as oral sedation, or IV sedation, the dental team ensures the comfort of patients for even the most extensive procedures.
While some people worry about physical discomfort at the dental office, others may worry about the affordability of cosmetic dental treatments. However, many dental offices not only accept a variety of insurance plans, they offer financing and payment plans, as well as a yearly dental savings plan. Some dental offices may offer specials, such as free consultations and initial exams.
Investing in Yourself
The best investment a person can make is to improve their self-image. Looking into a mirror and seeing a beautiful, healthy smile is a great way to start the day, and an excellent way to improve confidence levels. Putting off cosmetic repairs will only cause them to get worse, and could cause problems with overall dental health. Invest in yourself. Call for a consultation today.