Did you know that 99.7% of adults believe that having a healthy smile is socially important? At least, that’s what a survey by the AAD reports. Our teeth aren’t simply for chewing our food — they help us express how we’re feeling. And certainly, our smile more than anything conveys a first impression. Much of general dentistry is about ensuring that your teeth are healthy. But health goes beyond the bare basics; you deserve more than teeth that can simply do their basic job. You should have teeth that you feel confident in as well — teeth you can show off whenever you want. And there are many ways that you can get them.
1. Teeth Whitening
As far as cosmetic dentistry is concerned, teeth whitening is one of the least invasive procedures. But for many, it has a major effect. Teeth whitening is typically meant for people with teeth discoloration — discoloration that can result from anything from coffee to tobacco. Some discoloration is mild and natural. However, other times it can be noticeable to the point of causing embarrassment. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can be done at a general dentistry practice. And indeed, 82.5% of people have noticed a great difference after whitening procedures.
Braces are often thought of as having to do with general dentistry rather than cosmetic dentistry. However, though there are practical benefits to braces, there’s a cosmetic benefit as well. Braces straighten crooked teeth; they also tend to close large gaps. For adults, however, braces can be somewhat embarrassing. “Invisible” braces are great tools for adults who want to have straight teeth, but at the same time want to go about their daily lives without having their dental procedures noticed.
3. Dental Implants
You would be surprised by how many people experience severe tooth decay and have to have their teeth removed. It’s no wonder that 18% of people conceal their teeth during photographs; many of them are concealing missing teeth. The thing about missing teeth is that the damage done is not only cosmetic but practical. People missing teeth can experience pain while eating. The answer to this is a dental implant. Dental implants can replace one or multiple missing teeth, and are a great way to make your smile beautiful and whole again.
4. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are meant for cosmetic purposes, but they can have a great emotional benefit as well. Many people who get porcelain veneers have teeth that are usable, but with a poor outward appearance. You never want people to feel bad about their smiles. Porcelain veneers are easy to apply, can last a good number of years before replacement, and are beautiful. Lots of people maintain porcelain veneers for decades — simply because they like them.
The kinds of cosmetic dental procedures you choose are up to you. But the most important thing to remember is that you should be proud of your smile — and comfortable in your skin.