You can’t put a price tag on the benefits attributed to a beautiful smile. Not only are attractive teeth linked to higher self-esteem, but people view a person with a stunning smile as young, professional, and intelligent. However, if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how do you know if your smile is appealing? Here are 5 traits to consider when determining if you could benefit from cosmetic dentistry.
1. Color of Teeth
Teeth come in a variety of colors and shades naturally. Not to mention, they change color over time from age, oral hygiene habits, or the foods you eat. Unfortunately, many people view brown or yellow teeth as unhealthy. Teeth whitening can get your smile up to 8 shades brighter with results that can last for several months or many years. If you’re interested in longer-lasting results, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers.
2. Gum Display
Your teeth aren’t the only component of an attractive smile. Your gums are equally important. Too much gum tissue can make your teeth look short or stubby. However, too little tissue can make your teeth look abnormally large. Your cosmetic dentist can resculpt your gum line with a soft-tissue laser while gum grafting can lengthen your gums.
Few people have straight teeth naturally. If you didn’t hit the genetic jackpot or you’ve experienced orthodontic regression, your dentist can fix spacing issues. Besides metal braces, clear aligners can fix bite and alignment problems using an invisible solution. If you’re only concerned about gaps between your front teeth, veneers can close the space without a long treatment plan.
4. Chips or Cracks
Your teeth are protected by the hardest substance in your body, your enamel. While it is stronger than some metals, it isn’t indestructible. Chips or cracks can affect the aesthetics and health of your smile. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may be a candidate for dental bonding, crowns, or veneers. Your cosmetic dentist will choose the best method to enhance your smile.
5. Gum Color
Your gum tissue should be a healthy pink color. If your gums are red or inflamed, you might have an infection brewing in your mouth. Gum disease can affect the color of the tissues, as well as the amount of gums showing. Periodontal therapy can stop the infection while improving the aesthetics of your gums.
Invest in a Beautiful Smile
If you’re concerned about the way your teeth look, your cosmetic dentist can help. They’ll examine your mouth and learn more about your goals to create a customized treatment plan. You’ll enjoy a confident, appealing smile you’ll be proud to share with the world.
About Dr. Robert Blake
Dr. Blake earned his dental degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in advanced services, like cosmetic dentistry. He combines the art and science of dentistry to address the most complex concerns. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, contact our office today to request a consultation.