Say Cheese: How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Enhance Your Smile

Scientists have shown that the simple act of smiling can reduce stress, lower your heart rate, and boost your immune system. And amazingly, you get all of these benefits even if your smile is completely fake. 

So if you don’t smile as much as you would like to, you’re missing out on a lot of potential benefits. And for many of us, the reason we don’t smile as much as we might is that we’re unhappy with the way our smile looks.

But all is not lost. Cosmetic dentistry can help us to get the smile that we’ve always wanted. And all the benefits that come with it.

So read on as we take a look at some the key ways that cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile.

Whiter Teeth

With our stressful lives, a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine can be a welcome break.

But every sip we take has the effect of discoloring our teeth. And over time we can end up with teeth that are severely stained. If you’re embarrassed to smile because of the color of your teeth, then it’s something that a dentist can easily treat.

Over-the-counter solutions will work to some degree, but if you want a smile that is truly white then you need to see your dentist. A professional whitening session can leave you with bright white teeth that you’ll be desperate to show off.

And if the staining is too severe even for whitening, a porcelain veneer can still provide you with a perfectly white smile.

Straighter Teeth

One of the biggest reasons that many of us hide our smiles is because we are self-conscious about our crooked teeth.

But a lot of people choose to put up with crooked teeth as they worry about having to wear unsightly braces. However, companies like Invisalign now offer clear braces that are barely noticeable and don’t require any painful tightening. Most people wouldn’t even know they were there.

And once the treatment is complete, you’ll have that perfect row of straight teeth you’ve always dreamed of.

Restoring Broken Teeth

If you have a broken or chipped tooth at the front of your mouth, it can make you very wary about flashing your smile.

The good news is that there are a number of possible ways of dealing with chipped or broken teeth. You could use a crown to restore the tooth to its normal shape or have a porcelain veneer fitted. Or a tooth could be repaired by using bonding materials to fill out the missing area.

Once your dentist has repaired your broken tooth, you’ll have no reason to hide that smile.

Replacing Missing Teeth

If you have lost teeth in prominent positions, this can have a huge impact on the appearance of your smile.

But there is no reason why you can’t replace a missing tooth. This can be by means of a bridge, which is a false tooth or teeth anchored to the surrounding teeth to hold them in place. Or you might opt for dental implants, in which a false tooth is implanted into the bone of the jaw.

Whatever option you choose, replacing your missing tooth will bring back your old smile.

Shaping Your Teeth

If your teeth are all in good health, but you are not happy with the overall shape of them, then this is also something that is easily rectified.

Enamel shaping and contouring removes enamel to shape your teeth into a more pleasing appearance. This can also be combined with bonding, to build up teeth with wide gaps or that are noticeably shorter.

This is a simple but effective way of minimizing the appearance of crooked teeth and giving you a more appealing smile.

Straightening Your Jaw

Sometimes your issues with your smile may have nothing to do with your teeth at all.

If your jaw is not properly aligned, this can lead to a lopsided smile that people may become self-conscious about. A misaligned jaw can also cause problems with eating, speaking, and even breathing.

There are different procedures you can have, depending on how severely your jaw is misaligned. But once completed,  you should find you have a smile you can be proud of.

Preventing Further Damage

Not only will cosmetic dentistry improve your smile, but it will also protect you from further issues in the future.

Covering a cracked tooth with a crown, for example, will reduce the risk of the tooth becoming infected. Jaw realignment can prevent issues such as grinding teeth. A dental implant can minimize the risk of developing gum disease in the empty socket.

So not only will you have a smile to be proud of, but you’ll also have strong and healthy teeth that will keep you happy for years to come. Of course, you will still need to keep up your regular dental hygiene regime.

Increasing Self Confidence

Finally, the most important thing that cosmetic dentistry can do to enhance your smile is to make you feel more self-confident.

When you’ve got a smile that you’re not ashamed to show off, you will no longer feel self-conscious about your teeth. And with that boost in self-confidence, you will find that you actually start smiling a lot more. Which means that you get to enjoy all the health benefits that smiling has to offer.

So what are you waiting for? 

Are You Looking for Great Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile, then we’re here to help.

We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, from cleaning and polishing through to dental implants and more. We pride ourselves on our high level of service and patient satisfaction. But don’t just take us on our word; take a look at these testimonials from some of our previous clients.

If you’re looking to enhance your smile, then why not schedule an appointment today?

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