Living with a smile that has imperfections can lower your self-esteem, make you feel embarrassed, or prevent you from smiling and laughing as much as you should. In this day and age, you don't have to live with a smile that you don't love—there are a number of dental procedures that can correct smile imperfections, leaving you with a gorgeous smile that you will want to flash as often as possible. If you are not happy with the current state of your smile, consider the following procedures:
One of the easiest ways to fix a smile is through teeth whitening. A bright white smile is highly desirable, but aging, smoking, and consuming certain food and drinks can lead to a dull smile or teeth with a yellow hue. There are a couple options when it comes to teeth whitening: you can buy an over-the-counter kit from a local retailer or you can visit your dentist for a professional whitening treatment. Over-the-counter kits typically consist of whitening gels and trays or strips that are applied directly to the front of the teeth.
For best results, ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening. This can be done in-office by applying a special whitening agent and then exposing the agent to a bright light. Dentists can also prescribe whitening kits that contain whitening agents that are much stronger than what can be purchased over the counter.
A chipped or cracked front tooth can be unsightly and make you feel self-conscious. If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, you don't necessarily need a cap or tooth implant to fix it. Instead, ask your dentist about bonding. Tooth bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin to the affected tooth, and then the dentist molds the resin the the proper shape. After the resin sets and is polished, your cracked or chipped tooth will look as good as new.
If you want a movie star smile, you may want to look into getting veneers. With veneers, you can have any type of smile that you desire; this procedure involves having shells made of porcelain or resin applied to the front of your own teeth, leaving you with a straight, bright smile. Every set of veneers is custom made for a patient, so you can work with your dentist to create the smile that you have always dreamed of. Veneers typically do not require any extra care beyond normal good oral hygiene, but they may have to be replaced after 10 years.
For more information about your options, go to sites of local cosmetic dentists.