Everyone knows the age-old saying that a smile is the best way to make a strong first impression. As it turns out, several surveys and studies has established a correlation between a confident and aesthetically-pleasing smile and positive first impressions. Does this mean those of us without pristine pearly whites are destined to be unsuccessful, left out in the cold both socially and professionally? Of course not!
Thanks to modern dental techniques, especially in the realm of cosmetic dentistry, you are no longer held captive by your teeth. Whether you are in need of minor tweaks or major repair, cosmetic dentistry can help you (and your smile) realize your full potential. So, how do you know if you’re a candidate for a life change in the form of dental work? Read on and you shall find out.
Your Teeth Aren’t Quite Straight
One type of cosmetic dentistry most people are familiar with is straightening teeth. Sometimes it’s aesthetic and for the health of the individual, such as braces. Other times, it could be a personal choice to take a mostly perfect set of teeth and correct any imbalances – no matter how minimal. If you believe your teeth could be more uniform, there are several options for straightening them out.
Your Teeth Are All Shapes and Sizes
If you have teeth that are misshapen or different sizes, your smile can become an ongoing source of discomfort. Thankfully, there are a couple of options for sprucing up your teeth and brightening that smile with cosmetic dentistry.
With porcelain veneers, a uniform surface can hide the shape and size of teeth. Essentially, a façade is cemented to the front of a tooth, removing any blemish from view. The end result is a smile you will be showing off instead of keeping your mouth closed to hide your teeth.
Another option is composite bonding—a technique that bonds a very strong tooth-like material directly to your tooth, completely covering any imperfections.
Your Teeth Are Off-White
No one really knows the difference between “Eggshell White” and “Bone White,” but everyone can see the subtle change in tones when looking through the paint swatches at the hardware store. Comparing shades of white is all well and good when you’re trying to pair your new wall color to the kitchen tile you’ve selected, but not when the mystery shades of white are in your mouth.
What’s the solution? Teeth whitening. Whether you utilize custom-fit take-home options, in-office whitening procedures, or internal whitening techniques, there is a variety of techniques from which to choose. Just ask your dentist for guidance on what would work best for you!
A quick and easy way to find out where the rubber hits the road is to ask yourself if your teeth are routinely causing you to second-guess your smile or feel insecure. If so, you’re likely a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Your Teeth Bring You Down
Whether it is crookedness, unmatched size and shape, unsightly stains, or slight misalignments, if your teeth are holding you back from being a healthy, happy, and confident individual, cosmetic dentistry may be for you.
In an era of quick and simple options that can vastly improve the appearance of your teeth, there is rarely someone who couldn’t be considered a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. If it results in your smile not only being brighter, but in it being used more often, go for it!
This is about you, and you deserve to live your life without worrying about your teeth. The solution is right here.